[tal-ee-muh n]

noun, plural tal·ly·men.

a person who tallies or keeps account of something.
British. a person who sells merchandise on the hire-purchase system.

Origin of tallyman

First recorded in 1645–55; tally + -man
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Examples from the Web for tallyman

Historical Examples of tallyman

  • 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

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

  • 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


noun plural -men

a scorekeeper or recorder
dialect a travelling salesman for a firm specializing in hire-purchase
Derived Formstallywoman, fem n
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