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 (kŏs′tər-mŭng′gər, -mŏng′-)
n. Chiefly British
One who sells fruit, vegetables, fish, or other goods from a cart, barrow, or stand in the streets.

[Obsolete costard-monger : costard + monger.]
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(ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋɡə) or


rare Brit a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow
[C16: coster-, from costard + monger]
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(ˈkɒs tərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-, ˈkɔ stər-)

n. Chiefly Brit.
a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
[1505–15; earlier costerdmonger. See costard, monger]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.costermonger - a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrowcostermonger - a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
bargainer, dealer, monger, trader - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
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[ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋgəʳ] n (Brit) (old) → venditore/trice ambulante di frutta e verdura
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References in classic literature ?
Too far, in fancy, above the rest of mankind to trouble about their petty distinctions, he is equally at home with duke or costermonger. And valuing no one's standard but his own, he is never tempted to practice that miserable pretense that less self-reliant people offer up as an hourly sacrifice to the god of their neighbor's opinion.
We arrived at Lincoln's Inn Fields without any new adventures, except encountering an unlucky donkey in a costermonger's cart, who suggested painful associations to my aunt.
In American society, an English tourist above the state of a costermonger, as, lord 'Aberdasher, Lord Hartisan and so forth.
but, for all that, I do not greatly believe him: he looks as like a conjurer as the Pope to a costermonger. [Aside.]
I never came across but two of you who could value a man wholly and solely for what was in him--who thought themselves verily and indeed of the same flesh and blood as John Jones the attorney's clerk, and Bill Smith the costermonger, and could act as if they thought so.
Just so with whaling, which necessitates a three-years' housekeeping upon the wide ocean, far from all grocers, costermongers, doctors, bakers, and bankers.
Rag pickers and costermongers of all kinds were crowding round the taverns in the dirty and stinking courtyards of the Hay Market.
They were "pit lads, most of them, some black as when they came up out of the pit, with a sprinkling of individuals of the rough and costermonger order.
The lifelong costermonger said the council and traders alike needed to share responsibility to save the market he loves.
THE costermonger's children do not follow in their father's footsteps.
A Costermonger B Road-mender C Chimney-sweep D Pearly King QUESTION 6 - for 6 points: Which creatures travel in groups known as pods?