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showman

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃəʊmən
 
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Definition of showman in English:

noun (plural showmen)

1A person who produces or presents shows as a profession, especially the proprietor, manager, or MC of a circus, fair, or other variety show: showmen inveigled the masses into circuses, fairgrounds, peep shows, theatres
More example sentences
  • Mr Birch's father was a showman travelling with fairs, while his mother joined the circus when she was 15.
  • Yimou has the eye of a painter, the grace of a dancer and the flamboyance of a circus showman.
  • The land is owned by Silcock's, a well-known family of showmen who put on fairs around the North-west.
Synonyms
1.1A person skilled at entertaining, theatrical presentation or performance: he’s a great talker and showman but he lacks depth
More example sentences
  • All of which makes one wonder if Smuin isn't too competent for his own good at this point; he is a skilled showman, and audiences love him for it.
  • We have only to see a skilled showman working his magic to realise how easy it is for the brain to be fooled into thinking the impossible while we are in full possession of our faculties.
  • This is bare-bones, disintegrating-nitrate-to-VHS-to-DVD imaging that does a disservice to the legacy of one of entertainment's truly stellar showmen.
Synonyms
entertainer, performer, player, artist, artiste, trouper, star, virtuoso;
extrovert, self-publicist, show-off, attention-seeker

Derivatives

showmanship

1
noun
Example sentences
  • You might wonder, is this self-conscious showmanship really such a problem?
  • What the West End needs right now is more producers with guts, flair and showmanship.
  • Although it had drama, competition and showmanship, my only complaint was the lack of ethnic variety.

Words that rhyme with showman

Bowman, Oklahoman, Oman, omen, Roman, showmen, yeoman, yeomen

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