American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A hardware merchant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dealer in ironware or hardware.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dealer in iron or hardware.
- n. someone who sells hardware
- n. a store selling hardware
- iron + monger (Wiktionary)
“He had made friends with the local blacksmith, who had partly graduated to the title of ironmonger and was much at his entrance on the lookout for fresh faces for idle chatter.”
“I fancy that the ironmonger was the only gainer by my smartness.”
“Not, at any rate, compared to the ironmonger who used a live shell to work his metal on, and finally (years of hammering later) blew himself up.”
“This gritty, down-to-earth quality, in keeping with the industrialisation that was spreading through the US at the time, was enshrined in the school motto, Mens et Manus – Mind and Hand – as well as its logo, which showed a gowned scholar standing beside an ironmonger bearing a hammer and anvil.”
“In 1764 he became pastor at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, where in 1766 he married Grace Loftus, daughter of a recently deceased ironmonger.”
“I'll repeat the question I asked to ironmonger but haven't gotten a response to:”
“Everything is done with this in mind -- the buildings are designed to blend into the scenery; walls in the 13 pure white bedrooms are partially made from iron (in homage to Michel Bras's father, who was an ironmonger, and also a reference to the famous knife factory in nearby Laguiole), and the bathrooms are made from granite, which is the local stone.”
“Who can forget Ronnie Barker trying to buy a couple of 'O's' from Mr. Corbett the ironmonger?”
“Or was it only added for the cinema release? ironmonger on May 12, 2008”
“A committee was selected to treat with Hughes and demand that he resign his commission: they included James Tilghman, a prominent attorney; Charles Thomson, an ironmonger and leader of the local Sons of Liberty; William Bradford, owner of the coffeehouse and publisher of the Pennsylvania Journal; and several merchants, among them Robert Morris.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘ironmonger’.
A list about iron, irons, and irony.
All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
dealer or trader; promoter of some activity or feeling
Britishisms and Anglophilia - Mencken has a great, if dated, list of comparisons between the British and American words here.
Words from The Ginger Man.
*interesting* -nge/-nge- words
Stephen Colbert asks "why is it that the only things you can monger are fear and fish?"
Looking for tweets for ironmonger.