Definition of chapman in English:

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chapman

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃapmən/

noun (plural chapmen)

archaic
A pedlar.
Example sentences
  • But these books are short - about twenty pages each - and without a spine, so we can call them chapbooks, which once meant works of popular literature sold for a few pennies, carried around by peddlers or ‘chapmen’.
  • The roads were thronged with petty chapmen, with their news-sheets, tracts, almanacs, cautionary tales, pamphlets full of homespun wisdom; pedlars with trinkets of all sorts; and travelling entertainers.
  • And smaller books were not just available from bookshops: all cities and towns would have had pedlars or chapmen selling pamphlets from trays or baskets hanging from their necks.

Origin

Old English cēapman, from cēap 'bargaining, trade' (see cheap) + man.

Words that rhyme with chapman

chapmen

For editors and proofreaders

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