"costermonger" Definition

  1. a street seller of fish, fruit, vegetables, poultry, &c. The London costermongers number more than 30,000. They form a distinct class, occupying whole neighbourhoods, and were at one time cut off from the rest of metropolitan society by their low habits, general improvidence, pugnacity, love of gambling, total want of education, disregard for lawful marriage ceremonies, and their use of a peculiar slang language. They have changed a good deal of this, though, now. COSTERMONGER _aliter_ COSTARDMONGER, _i.e._, an apple-seller. In Nares’s _Glossary_ (Ed. H. & W.) they are said to have been frequently Irish. So, Ben Jonson— “Her father was an Irish COSTAR-MONGER.” _Alchym._, iv. x. “In England, sir, troth I ever laugh when I think on ’t, ----Why, sir, there all the COSTER-MONGERS are Irish.” _2 P. Hen. IV., O. Pl._, iii. 375. Their noisy manners are alluded to in Beaumont and Fletcher’s _Scornful Lady_, iv. I. “And then he’ll rail like a rude COSTER-MONGER That school-boys had couzened of his apples, As loud and senseless.”

More About costermonger

Position in the dictionary: 790 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: cotton, cotton lord, cottonopolis, council-of-ten, counter, counter-jumper, country-captain, country-ship, county-crop, couple-beggar
Previous words in the dictionary: coster, costard, cossack, cosh, corpse, corporation, cornered, corner-man, corner, corned

The Slang Dictionary's Entry for costermonger

Read The Slang Dictionary's historical definition of the slang word "costermonger" on this page. Also learn other useful information about "costermonger", including the position in the dictionary and the next and previous terms to be discovered.