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chapman

[chap-muh n] /ˈtʃæp mən/
noun, plural chapmen.
1.
British. a peddler.
2.
Archaic. a merchant.
Origin of chapman
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English cēapman (cēap buying and selling + man man1); cognate with Dutch koopman, German Kaufmann; see cheap
Related forms
chapmanship, noun

Chapman

[chap-muh n] /ˈtʃæp mən/
noun
1.
Frank Michler
[mik-ler] /ˈmɪk lər/ (Show IPA),
1864–1945, U.S. ornithologist, museum curator, and author.
2.
George, 1559–1634, English poet, dramatist, and translator.
3.
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  • About three months after the death of chapman, I was well enough to quit the hospital.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Peter, you have worked well for me, but you are no chapman; it is not in your blood.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Off to the left, in front of chapman, the lay of the land was more favorable.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • I sent the letter on to chapman for advice, and I have not yet received his reply.

  • “I am a gentleman, not a chapman,” (a retail tradesman) said Jack, superciliously.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for chapman

chapman

/ˈtʃæpmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(archaic) a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar
Derived Forms
chapmanship, noun
Word Origin
Old English cēapman, from cēap buying and selling (see cheap)

Chapman

/ˈtʃæpmən/
noun
1.
George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his translation of Homer
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Word Origin and History for chapman
n.

"peddler, itinerant tradesman," Middle English form of Old English ceapman "tradesman," from West Germanic compound *kaupman- (cf. Old High German choufman, German Kauffman, Middle Dutch and Dutch koopman), formed with equivalents of man (n.) + West Germanic *kaup- (cf. Old Saxon cop, Old Frisian kap "trade, purchase," Middle Dutch coop, Dutch koop "trade, market, bargain," kauf "trader," Old English ceap "barter, business; a purchase"), from Proto-Germanic *kaupoz- (cf. Danish kjøb "purchase, bargain," Old Norse kaup "bargain, pay;" cf. also Old Church Slavonic kupiti "to buy," a Germanic loan-word), probably an early Germanic borrowing from Latin caupo (genitive cauponis) "petty tradesman, huckster," of unknown origin. Cf. also cheap (adj.).

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