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showman

[shoh-muh n]
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noun, plural show·men.
  1. a person who presents or produces a show, especially of a theatrical nature.
  2. a person who is gifted in doing or presenting things theatrically or dramatically: He didn't have much voice but was a great showman.

Origin of showman

First recorded in 1725–35; show + -man
Related formsshow·man·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for showman

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  • "Sir, you break the illusion of the scene," mildly remonstrates the showman.

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "But, sir, you have not the proper point of view," remarks the showman.

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • I had the air of a showman rejoicing in his exhibition hall.

  • I'm the showman of the occasion, moreover, and I avert myself, leaving you to judge.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The showman quizzed Alfred as to what he could do in the concert.


British Dictionary definitions for showman

showman

noun plural -men
  1. a person who presents or produces a theatrical show, etc
  2. a person skilled at presenting anything in an effective manner
Derived Formsshowmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for showman

n.

"one who presents shows," 1734, from see show (n.) + man (n.).

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