[ tal-ee-muhn ]

noun,plural tal·ly·men.
  1. a person who tallies or keeps account of something.

  2. British. a person who sells merchandise on the hire-purchase system.

Origin of tallyman

First recorded in 1645–55; tally + -man

Words Nearby tallyman

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How to use tallyman in a sentence

  • The only individual who was received with equal cordiality by all ranks, was the tallyman's traveller.

  • I noticed it, myself, with more especial observation, at my post of tallyman.

    The Bonadventure | Edmund Blunden
  • Some of them had to pay a shilling a week to a tallyman or credit clothier.

  • I was again dressed up in a borrowed boiler suit for the duties of tallyman.

    The Bonadventure | Edmund Blunden
  • And the side of bacon lay upon the hillside until the tallyman from Portburdock found it in the morning.

    The Wonderful Visit | Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for tallyman


/ (ˈtælɪmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a scorekeeper or recorder

  2. dialect a travelling salesman for a firm specializing in hire-purchase

Derived forms of tallyman

  • tallywoman, fem n

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