Definitions for: Chapman

[n] archaic term for an itinerant peddler
[n] American pioneer who planted apple trees as he traveled (1774-1845)

Webster (1913) Definition: Chap"man, n.; pl. Chapmen. [AS. ce['a]pman; ce['a]p
trade + man man; akin to D. koopman, Sw. k["o]pman, Dan.
ki["o]pmand, G. kaufmann.f. Chap to cheapen, and see
1. One who buys and sells; a merchant; a buyer or a seller.

The word of life is a quick commodity, and ought
not, as a drug to be obtruded on those chapmen who
are unwilling to buy it. --T. Fuller.

2. A peddler; a hawker.

Synonyms: John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed

See Also: hawker, packman, peddler, pedlar, pioneer, pitchman

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