Costermonger



[kos-ter-muhng-ger, -mong-, kaw-ster-] /ˈkɒs tərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-, ˈkɔ stər-/ Chiefly British

noun
1.
Also called coster. a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sell fruit, vegetables, fish, etc., from a cart, barrow, or stall in the streets; coster.
/ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋɡə/
noun
1.
(Brit, rare) a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow
n.

1510s, “itinerant apple-seller” from coster (see costard) + monger. Sense extended from “apple-seller” to any salesman who plied his wares from a street-cart. Contemptuous use is from Shakespeare (“2 Henry IV”), but reason is unclear.

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