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[shoh-muh n] /ˈʃoʊ mən/
noun, plural showmen.
a person who presents or produces a show, especially of a theatrical nature.
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 forms
showmanly, adverb Unabridged
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  • "But, sir, you have not the proper point of view," remarks the showman.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Sir, you break the illusion of the scene," mildly remonstrates 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.

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

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
British Dictionary definitions for showman


noun (pl) -men
a person who presents or produces a theatrical show, etc
a person skilled at presenting anything in an effective manner
Derived Forms
showmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for showman

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

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