cos·​ter·​mon·​ger ˈkä-stər-ˌməŋ-gər How to pronounce costermonger (audio)
: a hawker of fruit or vegetables

Examples of costermonger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Croft was said to have taken his fashion inspiration from costermongers, who were roving traders selling fruit, vegetables, fish and produce on the streets of east London, a working-class area that developed its own distinct accent and vocabulary riddled with rhyming slang, known as Cockney. Megan Specia,, 29 Apr. 2023

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Word History


costard + monger

First Known Use

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of costermonger was circa 1518

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“Costermonger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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cos·​ter·​mon·​ger ˈkäs-tər-ˌməŋ-gər How to pronounce costermonger (audio)
: a person who sells fruit or vegetables in the street from a stand or cart

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