[ pich-muh n ]
/ ˈpɪtʃ mən /

noun, plural pitch·men.

an itinerant vendor of small wares that are usually carried in a case with collapsible legs, allowing it to be set up or removed quickly.
any high-pressure salesperson, as one at a concession at a fair or carnival.
a person who delivers a message on radio or television, as for a product, cause, etc.

Nearby words

  1. pitching pennies,
  2. pitching piece,
  3. pitching rotation,
  4. pitching tool,
  5. pitching wedge,
  6. pitchometer,
  7. pitchout,
  8. pitchpole,
  9. pitchpot,
  10. pitchstone

Origin of pitchman

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; pitch1 + -man

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British Dictionary definitions for pitchman


/ (ˈpɪtʃmən) /

noun plural -men US and Canadian

an itinerant pedlar of small merchandise who operates from a stand at a fair, etc
any high-pressure salesman or advertiser
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Word Origin and History for pitchman



1926, American English, from pitch (n.1) in the sales sense + man (n.).

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