- British. a peddler.
- Archaic. a merchant.
Origin of chapman
- Frank Mich·ler [mik-ler] /ˈmɪk lər/, 1864–1945, U.S. ornithologist, museum curator, and author.
- George,1559–1634, English poet, dramatist, and translator.
- John. Appleseed, Johnny.
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Contemporary Examples of chapman
Chapman tweets nothing but quotes from famous politicians and philosophers on her account.
Dressed in a slick black suit, Chapman discovers, say, how people come to be millionaires.
Lucky for the artist, Chapman continued to turn around to survey the room.O.J., Martha, Jagger, and Manson: Capturing Celebrities in the Dock
May 29, 2014
“We felt it was a good way to celebrate our anniversary,” Chapman said.Scout Willis Protests Instagram With Topless Photos; Adriana Lima Allegedly ‘Hooked Up’ With Justin Bieber in Cannes
The Fashion Beast Team
May 29, 2014
"When Georgina [Chapman] was younger, her mother had a curiosity box," designer Keren Craig told The Daily Beast.Marchesa Goes Vintage
September 11, 2013
Historical Examples of chapman
About three months after the death of Chapman, I was well enough to quit the hospital.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Peter, you have worked well for me, but you are no chapman; it is not in your blood.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Off to the left, in front of Chapman, the lay of the land was more favorable.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
I sent the letter on to Chapman for advice, and I have not yet received his reply.
“I am a gentleman, not a chapman,” (a retail tradesman) said Jack, superciliously.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
- archaic a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar
Word Origin for chapman
- George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his translation of Homer
"peddler, itinerant tradesman," Middle English form of Old English ceapman "tradesman," from West Germanic compound *kaupman- (cf. Old High German choufman, German Kauffman, Middle Dutch and Dutch koopman), formed with equivalents of man (n.) + West Germanic *kaup- (cf. Old Saxon cop, Old Frisian kap "trade, purchase," Middle Dutch coop, Dutch koop "trade, market, bargain," kauf "trader," Old English ceap "barter, business; a purchase"), from Proto-Germanic *kaupoz- (cf. Danish kjøb "purchase, bargain," Old Norse kaup "bargain, pay;" cf. also Old Church Slavonic kupiti "to buy," a Germanic loan-word), probably an early Germanic borrowing from Latin caupo (genitive cauponis) "petty tradesman, huckster," of unknown origin. Cf. also cheap (adj.).