[ chap-boo k ]
/ ˈtʃæpˌbʊk /


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

1790–1800; chap (as in chapman) + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chapbook


/ (ˈtʃæpˌbʊk) /


a book of popular ballads, stories, etc, formerly sold by chapmen or pedlars
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper