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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.]


(ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋɡə) or


rare Brit a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow
[C16: coster-, from costard + monger]


(ˈkɒs tərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-, ˈkɔ stər-)

n. Chiefly Brit.
a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
[1505–15; earlier costerdmonger. See costard, monger]
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


[ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋgəʳ] n (Brit) (old) → venditore/trice ambulante di frutta e verdura
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.
costermonger, as, lord 'Aberdasher, Lord Hartisan and so forth.
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.
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assaulted the police, and swore and cursed at every one and everything in a way that would make a costermonger blush .
My grandad was a costermonger, a barrow boy who started out with a stall in Bethnal Green market before eventually owning two London shops, along with another my mum ran in Kent.
Bill Sibson, is a Lambeth costermonger who is revealed to be the new Earl of Hareford, and his newly discovered aristocratic relations are horrified.
Hotten admits that many regard the costermonger as a "fearful
BBC TV Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, former greengrocer, costermonger and farmer, sums it all up quite simply: "It's all about a good plate o' food.