chapman

noun

chap·​man ˈchap-mən How to pronounce chapman (audio)
1
archaic : merchant, trader
2
British : peddler

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English cēapman, from cēap trade + man — more at cheap entry 3

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chapman was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chapman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chapman. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Chap·​man ˈchap-mən How to pronounce Chapman (audio)
Frank Mich*ler ˈmi-klər How to pronounce Chapman (audio) 1864–1945 American ornithologist

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biographical name (2)

George 1559?–1634 English dramatist and translator

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biographical name (3)

John 1774–1845 Johnny Appleseed ˈa-pəl-ˌsēd How to pronounce Chapman (audio) American pioneer

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