count·​er·​man ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌman How to pronounce counterman (audio)
: one who tends a counter

Examples of counterman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leonard Kriegel was born in the Bronx on May 25, 1933, a son of European Jewish immigrants, Fred Kriegel, a deli counterman, and Sylvia (Breittholz) Kriegel, a homemaker. Margalit Fox, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 As a student, Mr. Chirac attended a summer course at Harvard in 1953 and worked at a Howard Johnson’s in Boston, starting as a dishwasher and working his way up to counterman. New York Times, 26 Sep. 2019 In all fairness, the counterman tried to up-sell us to a Kumho tire that was only about $25 more expensive. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 16 July 2010 For decades, stoic countermen at the Milwaukee Avenue sandwich shop plied a steady but disordered scrum of adherents with cafe con leche and Cubano, steak, and medianoche sandwiches. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, 3 June 2018 In the movie, Mortensen's quick-thinking proprietor, Tom Stall, makes good use of the counterman's friend – a pot of scalding coffee – to disable one of the thugs long enough to grab his gun. Wired Staff, WIRED, 1 Oct. 2005 Consult with the counterman at the auto paint store for the appropriate products. John Decker, Popular Mechanics, 7 Feb. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterman was in 1849

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“Counterman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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