- British. a peddler.
- Archaic. a merchant.
Origin of chapman
- Frank Mich·ler [mik-ler] /ˈmɪk lər/, 1864–1945, U.S. ornithologist, museum curator, and author.
- George,1559–1634, English poet, dramatist, and translator.
- John. Appleseed, Johnny.
Examples from the Web for chapman
Chapman tweets nothing but quotes from famous politicians and philosophers on her account.
Dressed in a slick black suit, Chapman discovers, say, how people come to be millionaires.
Lucky for the artist, Chapman continued to turn around to survey the room.O.J., Martha, Jagger, and Manson: Capturing Celebrities in the Dock
May 29, 2014
“We felt it was a good way to celebrate our anniversary,” Chapman said.Scout Willis Protests Instagram With Topless Photos; Adriana Lima Allegedly ‘Hooked Up’ With Justin Bieber in Cannes
The Fashion Beast Team
May 29, 2014
"When Georgina [Chapman] was younger, her mother had a curiosity box," designer Keren Craig told The Daily Beast.Marchesa Goes Vintage
September 11, 2013
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
- archaic a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar
- George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his translation of Homer
Word Origin and History for chapman
"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.).