chap·​man | \ ˈchap-mən How to pronounce chapman (audio) \

Definition of chapman

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 archaic : merchant, trader
2 British : peddler


biographical name (1)
Chap·​man | \ ˈchap-mən How to pronounce Chapman (audio) \

Definition of Chapman (Entry 2 of 4)

Frank Mich*ler \ ˈmi-​klər How to pronounce ˈmi-klər (audio)\ 1864–1945 American ornithologist


biographical name (2)

Definition of Chapman (Entry 3 of 4)

George 1559?–1634 English dramatist and translator


biographical name (3)

Definition of Chapman (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Chapman allowed the first two runners to reach base then completely loss track of the baserunners, allowing a double steal. Daniel Rapaport,, "Joe Girardi Says Aroldis Chapman 'Not Necessarily' the Closer," 19 Aug. 2017 Chapman was free after posting $10,000 bond on a charge of illegally possessing a gun with a felony record. Adam Ferrise,, "U.S. Marshals arrest man accused in deadly shooting at gas station in Broadway-Slavic Village," 19 June 2017 Chapman is on rehab assignment after missing a month with rotator cuff inflammation. Paul Sullivan,, "Has major-league pitchers' increased velocity led to increase in arm issues?," 17 June 2017 Chapman was perfect for the nose guard position of that era, playing through a major knee injury on the famous 2011 defense. Michael Casagrande,, "These Alabama stars flipped commitments to join Tide," 8 June 2017 Chapman made 25 throws from 60 feet before the game, and he was expected to do the same before Sunday’s game. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "With the Offense Still on Hiatus, the Yankees Eke Out a Win," 27 May 2017 Chapman is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA and seven saves in eight chances this year. The Associated Press, The Seattle Times, "LEADING OFF: Homer Simpson hits Hall of Fame, Keuchel back," 26 May 2017 Chapman returned to Lexington as part of UK’s radio broadcast teams for basketball games last season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Five times John Calipari has previously been linked with NBA jobs at UK," 30 June 2017 Chapman is charged with aggravated murder in the April 9 fatal shooting of Elante Johnson. Adam Ferrise,, "U.S. Marshals arrest man accused in deadly shooting at gas station in Broadway-Slavic Village," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of chapman


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

History and Etymology for chapman


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

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