carny

noun, often attributive
car·​ny | \ ˈkär-nē How to pronounce carny (audio) \
variants: or carney or carnie
plural carnies or carneys

Definition of carny

2 : a person who works with a carnival

Examples of carny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first Schmigadoonian to get his own song is future inevitable Tony Award–winner Aaron Tveit as Danny Bailey, a rough-and-tumble (well, in musical-theater terms) carny who closely resembles Carousel’s tragic Billy Bigelow. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 19 July 2021 The phrase, brandished on the rear-end of Dream’s tights, was a nod to Vince McMahon possibly calling Velveteen dream up to the main roster, though Triple H went full carny in explaining otherwise. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The cast is an embarrassment of riches with Bradley Cooper as the ambitious carny, Cate Blanchett as a manipulative psychiatrist, and Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, and Rooney Mara also appearing. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2021 The format is a stop-gap, a novelty, an experiment with a hint of carny. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2020 But his museums had venues for dramas and became family affairs with discount tickets for the kiddies — doing for theater what Walt Disney would do for the carny amusement park. Jack Hitt, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2019 The two fighters have kept the fires burning in the four years since the fight, occasionally promising a rematch even though Mayweather is now 42 and subsisting on carny fights against MMA stars and kickboxers. Matt Bonesteel, The Denver Post, 24 July 2019 The two fighters have kept the fires burning in the four years since the fight, occasionally promising a rematch even though Mayweather is now 42 and subsisting on carny fights against MMA stars and kickboxers. Matt Bonesteel, courant.com, 24 July 2019 On Friday, carny Daman Munk was making ready his mechanical bull for the paying customers, who will begin arriving Saturday for the fair’s nine-day run. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of carny

circa 1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

25 Jul 2021

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“Carny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carny. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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