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 (koun′tər-măn′, -mən)
A man who tends a counter, as in a diner.
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n, pl -men
(Professions) US a man who works on a lunch counter or behind the counter of a cafe
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(ˈkaʊn tərˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
a person who waits on customers from behind a counter, as in a cafeteria.
usage: See -man.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterman - someone who attends a counter (as in a diner)
soda jerk, soda jerker - someone who works at a soda fountain
server, waiter - a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant)
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The counterman was more informative than the milkman.
"The real poignancy comes from nostalgia, and Hamill slathers it on like a counterman packing in the pastrami at Katz's.
Isaac Gratt, a Gottlieb's counterman with thick expressive Dumbledore eyebrows, insisted that Obama should get high credit, for "authorizing the mission, for how he presented it in his speech, for being the commander in chief, and for being bold." Gratt said he believes Obama is Muslim, but he praised the president because, as he said, "he's a Muslim and he's got the guts to do it.
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