pitchman

noun

pitch·​man ˈpich-mən How to pronounce pitchman (audio)
: a man who makes a sales pitch: such as
a
: one who sells merchandise on the streets or from a concession
b
: one who does radio or TV commercials

Examples of pitchman in a Sentence

a former star athlete who now works as a pitchman on TV
Recent Examples on the Web Mint got more attention than other MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) in part because actor Ryan Reynolds bought a share of the company and became its regular pitchman. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 1 May 2024 What the two 33-year-old friends do have that helped their film make a splash with its New York debut is a secret weapon that would make a shrewd old-school movie pitchman like William Castle tingle with envy. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Throughout his athletic career, Simpson had dabbled in acting and soon became a commercial pitchman at a time African American athletes rarely if ever got endorsement or merchandise deals. Dakin Andone, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 Thanks to his celebrated basketball career, his ongoing gig as an analyst on TNT or many years as a pitchman for dozens and dozens of companies, O’Neal is one of the most recognizable figures in the country. Mark Gray, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2024 That episode might have led to Rodgers losing his long-time gig as pitchman for State Farm insurance. David K. Li, NBC News, 10 Jan. 2024 The pitchman was Will MacAskill, another young Oxford EA with a PhD in philosophy. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Travis Kelce, a pitchman for Pfizer’s Covid-19 and flu vaccines, won the Super Bowl. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 12 Feb. 2024 At community forums, the former baseball star turned pitchman has been a serial no-show. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitchman was in 1914

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“Pitchman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitchman. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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