[ chap-book ]

  1. a small book or pamphlet of popular tales, ballads, etc., formerly hawked about by chapmen.

  2. a small book or pamphlet, often of poetry.

Origin of chapbook

1790–1800; chap (as in chapman) + book

Words Nearby chapbook Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chapbook in a sentence

  • Chiefly from a chapbook Life, written apparently shortly after his death.

  • I have come across Mother Ross in our own chapbook literature, where the name may be traditional also.

  • The story of Whittington is still a favourite chapbook tale, and has its parallel in the fairy tales of various other countries.

  • It is evidently a reprint of a chapbook of the time of Charles II., as appears from many allusions.

  • A cave man is fun to be engaged to and keep a record about in your chapbook––but when you marry him it is a different matter.

    The Gorgeous Girl | Nalbro Bartley

British Dictionary definitions for chapbook


/ (ˈtʃæpˌbʊk) /

  1. a book of popular ballads, stories, etc, formerly sold by chapmen or pedlars

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