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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1931, U.S. slang, short for carnival worker (see carnival).


alt. A person who works in a carnival. n. A person who works in a carnival.


Carny, also spelled carnie, is an informal term used in North America for a Traveling carnival employee, and the language they use, particularly when the employee runs a game ("joint"), food stand ("grab" or "popper"), or ride at a carnival. The term "showie" is used synonymously in Australia.

Carny (disambiguation)

A carny is a carnival employee.

Carny, Carnie, or Carnies may also refer to:

  • Carnies (film), a 2010 horror film
  • Carny (1980 film), a film starring Jodie Foster
  • Carny (2009 film), a television film starring Lou Diamond Phillips
  • " The Carny", a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • "Carnies", the fifth track on Canadian rock trio Rush's 2012 album, Clockwork Angels

People with the given name Carnie:

  • Carnie Wilson (born 1968), American singer and television host
  • Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962), British author

People with the surname Carnie:

  • Andrew Carnie (born 1969), Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona
  • Dave Carnie (born 1969), former editor-in-chief of Big Brother Magazine
Carny (1980 film)

Carny is a 1980 drama film about a waitress who joins a traveling carnival. It stars Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, and Robbie Robertson. It also includes an early role for Fred Ward.

Carny (2009 film)

Carny, also known as Jersey Devil in Australia, is a 2009 Canadian television horror film by Syfy and the 17th film in the Maneater Series. The film was directed by Sheldon Wilson and stars Lou Diamond Phillips.

Carny (band)
  • Carny, is a psychedelic blues band from Austin,Texas formed in 2005 featuring Paul Leary legendary guitarist of Butthole Surfers and producer of Sublime, Meat Puppets, Reverend Horton Heat, also featuring hard hitting drummer Sam McCandless from the band Cold. Singer/songwriter Formica Iglesia possessed and howling on vocals, fronts the band.

Usage examples of "carny".

Solemnly-and sometimes tearfully-we said good-bye to Joel and Laura Tuck, to Gloria Neames, Red Morton, Bob Weyland, Madame Zena, Inna and Paulie Lotus, and other carnies, telling some that we were taking a brief pleasure trip, telling others the truth.

Most were owned by the concessionaires and their families, but a score or two were the property of the Sombra Brothers and were rented out to those carnies, like me, who did not hold title to their own accommodations.

Gibtown is the winter home for carnies from nearly every road show in the eastern half of the country, not just from the Sombra Brothers outfit.

The carny crew started arriving in twos and threes, and by the time Julius and a pair of the burlier games workers had returned with the coffin, all of them were there except for Monk, Batman, and Priscilla.

Itinerant short con and carny hyp men have burned down the croakers of Texas.

The carnies had shut down the Ferris wheel, Dive Bomber, Tilt-a-Whirl, and other rides.

With the departure of the marks, the carnies had gone to their travel trailers, which were parked in a large meadow south of the midway.

I still had to dispose of the corpse and clean up the blood before daylight made things more difficult for me and before morning brought the carnies back onto their midway.

I sensed that clannish, secretive mind-set of a lifelong carny, so I talked for a bit about the gillies and ragbags I'd worked in the Midwest, all the way through Ohio, while he continued to tinker with the generator and remained mute.

I cut across the sunny midway rather than walk around the entire concourse, and the next carny I met was a big man coming toward me with his head down, hands in his pockets, shoulders slumped, altogether too defeated-looking for a day as golden as this one.

His mouth was open slightly, his teeth like the stained and weathered pickets of an ancient fence, as he contemplated me and what I'd said, as if he might inquire further or offer advice, but he was too good a carny to pry.

I half expected one of the visitors to rush in with word that a carny was missing or even that one had been found dead in the vicinity of the Dodgem Car pavilion, and then they would all look at me because I was an outsider, the newcomer, a likely suspect, and they would see guilt in my face, and .

By the time I closed the concession and headed for the meadow at the back of the county fairgrounds, where the carnies had established their mobile community, it was a few minutes after one o'clock.

Among carnies, however, there is a strong and treasured sense of community that, year by year, never diminishes.

As I approached and then walked in among the first trailers, lights were extinguished here and there as weary carnies went to bed.