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chapbook

[chap-boo k]
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noun
  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.
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Origin of chapbook

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

noun
  1. a book of popular ballads, stories, etc, formerly sold by chapmen or pedlars
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Word Origin and History for chapbook

n.

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.

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