count·​er·​man | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌman How to pronounce counterman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of counterman

: one who tends a counter

Examples of counterman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Jacques Chirac, Who Led France Envisioning European Unity, Is Dead at 86," 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, "Tire Comparison Test: What Rubber Should You Choose?," 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, "Food & Drink / Food Chain The return of the great Cafe Marianao to the north side," 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, "Making Death True to Life," 1 Oct. 2005 Consult with the counterman at the auto paint store for the appropriate products. John Decker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Car Bumper Scratches," 7 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of counterman

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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