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 (koun′tər-măn′, -mən)
A man who tends a counter, as in a diner.


n, pl -men
(Professions) US a man who works on a lunch counter or behind the counter of a cafe


(ˈkaʊn tərˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
a person who waits on customers from behind a counter, as in a cafeteria.
usage: See -man.
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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A New York institution celebrating over 27 years, Lenny's was founded by chairman and chief executive officer Sei Hoon "Lenny" Chu, a Korean immigrant and former deli counterman.
They come from Westchester, Manhattan, Nassau County," a veteran counterman in an Arthur Avenue meat market tells me.
Both the characters in the show and the viewers are so lulled into a false sense of security by the setting, with its warm, homey glow and friendly counterman, that they don't even realize the "businessman" and the counterman are in fact both aliens.
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They could not stay in the white hotel or eat in any white-owned establishments (176) One afternoon, when Motley and Carter went to a local store to purchase fresh fruit, the white counterman ignored them both until he finally turned to Carter and said "can I help you boy?
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.
We see three customers and a counterman at an all night diner.
The tragedy is real and raw: An alleged would-be robber shot dead by a counterman working alone, an employee who must be traumatized by the killing.
Thus the Atomic Research Workers' Union accepted AECL employees classified as "bricklayer, painter, stores counterman, labourer, seamstress, laundry operator, process operator and process trainee, maid and animal attendant, excluding foremen, employees of higher rank, salaried personnel, office staff, scientist staff, guards, fire-fighters and hospital nurses.
The counterman still had no clue who she was, ran her credit card with her name on it and shrugged.