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1. Chiefly British A peddler.
2. Archaic A dealer or merchant.

[Middle English, from Old English cēapman : cēap, trade; see cheap + man, mann, man; see man.]
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n, pl -men
(Historical Terms) archaic a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar
[Old English cēapman, from cēap buying and selling (see cheap)]
ˈchapmanˌship n


(Biography) George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his translation of Homer
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(ˈtʃæp mən)

n., pl. -men.
2. Archaic. merchant.
[before 900; cēapman (cēap trading); see cheap]


(ˈtʃæp mən)

1. George, 1559–1634, English poet, playwright, and translator.
2. John, Appleseed, Johnny.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chapman - United States pioneer who planted apple trees as he traveled (1774-1845)
2.chapman - archaic term for an itinerant peddler
hawker, packman, peddler, pedlar, pitchman - someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
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References in classic literature ?
Erlynne, a pushing nobody, with a delightful lisp and Venetian-red hair; Lady Alice Chapman, his hostess's daughter, a dowdy dull girl, with one of those characteristic British faces that, once seen, are never remembered; and her husband, a red-cheeked, white-whiskered creature who, like so many of his class, was under the impression that inordinate joviality can atone for an entire lack of ideas.
Chapman got up solemnly from the foot of the table and came up to the top.
Shortly after the accession of King James, Jonson, Chapman, and Marston brought out a comedy, 'Eastward Hoe,' in which they offended the king by satirical flings at the needy Scotsmen to whom James was freely awarding Court positions.
Sweet Bianca, This common chapman wearies me with words.
Chapman had just reached the attic floor, when Miss Price came out of her room completely dressed, and only civilities were necessary; but Fanny felt her aunt's attention almost as much as Lady Bertram or Mrs.
Further on, at the edge of the woodland, he came upon a chapman and his wife, who sat upon a fallen tree.
These are chiefly landscapes of an imaginative cast-such as the fairy grottoes of Stanfield, or the lake of the Dismal Swamp of Chapman. There are, nevertheless, three or four female heads, of an ethereal beauty-portraits in the manner of Sully.
"Next himself," he said, "only Fletcher and Chapman could make a mask."* He found, too, good friends among the nobles.
Of translations of Hesiod the following may be noticed: -- "The Georgicks of Hesiod", by George Chapman, London, 1618; "The Works of Hesiod translated from the Greek", by Thomas Coocke, London,
As Chapman sings, "The false society of men -- -- for earthly greatness All heavenly comforts rarefies to air."
The Chapman light- house, a three-legged thing erect on a mud-flat, shone strongly.
When Socrates, in Charmides, tells us that the soul is cured of its maladies by certain incantations, and that these incantations are beautiful reasons, from which temperance is generated in souls; when Plato calls the world an animal; and Timaeus affirms that the plants also are animals; or affirms a man to be a heavenly tree, growing with his root, which is his head, upward; and, as George Chapman, following him, writes,--