American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British One who sells fruit, vegetables, fish, or other goods from a cart, barrow, or stand in the streets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An apple seller; a hawker of, or dealer in, any kind of fruit or vegetables; a fruiterer.
- n. a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
- from costard + monger (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete costard-monger : costard + monger. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A costermonger is a street seller of fruit and vegetables.”
“A soldier glares at the two Prushim, who suddenly take an interest in the wares of a costermonger. nun vav”
“The costermonger Ewen Keeley used this barrow to sell fruit and vegetables on London's streets.”
“If a cab should be coming through from the Place de Greve while a costermonger-woman was pushing her little truck of apples in from the Rue du Martroi, a third vehicle of any kind produced difficulties.”
“She stood square on her feet, her hands on her hips, for she was dressed as a costermonger.”
“So the sham costermonger could easily and quickly run her truck down to the bottom of the quay, and hide it there till the real owner — who was, in fact, drinking the price of her wares, sold bodily to Asie, in one of the abominable taverns in the Rue de la”
“We are as great friends to horses, hackney – coach and otherwise, as the renowned Mr. Martin, of costermonger notoriety, and yet we never ride.”
“The daughter of a costermonger, Maisie has risen somewhat above the limitations often encountered by members of her class.”
“He pats the heads of street boys and girls; relishes the jokes of Jack the costermonger and Bob the dustman; good-naturedly spies out Molly the cook flirting with policeman X, or Mary the nursemaid as she listens to the fascinating guardsman.”
“The ladies were in their pokiest old head-gear and most dingy gowns, when they perceived the carriage approaching; and considering, of course, that the visit of the Park people was intended for them, dashed into the rectory to change their clothes, leaving Rowkins, the costermonger, in the very midst of the negotiation about the three mackerel.”
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