- a small book or pamphlet of popular tales, ballads, etc., formerly hawked about by chapmen.
- a small book or pamphlet, often of poetry.
Origin of chapbook
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Examples from the Web for chapbook
Chiefly from a Chapbook Life, written apparently shortly after his death.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events
The reappearance of the chapbook synchronized with that, and is closely related with it.Studies of Contemporary Poets</p>
Mary C. Sturgeon
As a chapbook this curious work had a very wide circulation.
The Laird o Couls Ghost seems to have originally appeared as a chapbook, and is thought to have been first published in 1750.
The account of these wonderful happenings was published in the form of a chapbook, and obtained a large circulation.
- a book of popular ballads, stories, etc, formerly sold by chapmen or pedlars
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Word Origin and History for chapbook
also chap-book, 1824, shortened from chap(man) book, so called because chapmen (see cheap) once sold such books on the street. A modern word for a type of old book.
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