Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Variant of carny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disease of horses, in which the mouth is so furred that the afflicted animal can not eat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A disease of horses, in which the mouth is so furred that the afflicted animal can not eat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To insinuate one's self into the good graces of; flatter; wheedle.
  • To interlard one's discourse with hypocritical terms or tones of flattery or endearment.
  • n. A disease of horses, in which the mouth is so furred that they cannot eat.
  • n. Flattering, hypocritical talk; flattery.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • In round one, Harry misses two of three, but the carney is a nice guy and a quick talker.

    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • In Roustabout, the ghastly Elvis film of 1964, the only interesting sequence occurs when Elvis, who has fallen in among "carney" (or carnival) folk, is challenged to ride what he insists on calling his "motor-sickle" around the wall of death.

    My kids drive me up the wall

  • This administration is one big "carney" atmosphere; filled with lies, obfuscations, euphemisms, and shill games.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Yes | No | Report from Reid Jones wrote 38 weeks 2 days ago carney-you're correct. but pumps and levers aren't my idea big game rifle. levers are okay, pumps-NO. they're fast, but like WA said, PUMPS AND LEVERS ARE CHAMBERED IN CALIBERS THAT YOU WILL NEED FOLLOW UP SHOT. bolt actions are a more reliable shot, better calibers, yeah. with a bolt, you shouldnt need a follow up shot if you've been practicing.

    Best Elk Rifle?

  • The carney snatches the money from my hand, clears out a couple of teenagers from inside, and ropes off the entrance.

    Soul Trapper

  • The carney hands the girl in the wheelchair a small white bear with a green vest and a shamrock on his belly.

    Soul Trapper

  • “This is for you,” the carney says, handing me the Nickelback mirror.

    Soul Trapper

  • “Five bucks, ten darts,” says the carney, a kid with a mop of black hair and a Cal State Northridge hoodie.

    Soul Trapper

  • Like his barking carney signage for famous Coney Island, the work has all the subtlety of a cannonball.

    Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington: The Power of Pun : Stephen "ESPO" Powers' Signs in Brooklyn

  • Yes | No | Report from sarg wrote 18 weeks 3 days ago carney, I told you about eating pizza just before bedtime ....

    On Tracking and Losing Game

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 'Sometimes he was conscious of a detestable adroitness in his relations with women; it was not respectful; it was half-brother to the carneying art of the seducer...'

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 23, 2009