- 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
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Examples from the Web for chapbook
Chiefly from a Chapbook Life, written apparently shortly after his death.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events
The reappearance of the chapbook synchronized with that, and is closely related with it.Studies of Contemporary Poets
Mary C. Sturgeon
The Laird o Couls Ghost seems to have originally appeared as a chapbook, and is thought to have been first published in 1750.
As a chapbook this curious work had a very wide circulation.
The account of these wonderful happenings was published in the form of a chapbook, and obtained a large circulation.
- a book of popular ballads, stories, etc, formerly sold by chapmen or pedlars
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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