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

Example Sentences

a former star athlete who now works as a pitchman on TV
Recent Examples on the Web Trump was a con man; Reagan was a corporate pitchman. Vulture, 3 June 2022 Nelson’s lighter side as a pitchman and former toker came out with his Super Bowl commercials for Skechers shoes. Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2022 Sanders is a national brand, a national recruiter and a celebrity pitchman. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2022 Oscars campaign benefitted from having a perfect pitchman in Troy Kotsur. Vulture, 29 Mar. 2022 Silvergate’s use of Bankman-Fried as a pitchman may also create potential legal risks, one securities law expert said. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 6 Dec. 2022 And the three central performances, from Stevens as a mesmerizing infomercial pitchman to Silicon Valley alum and Freaks and Geeks legend Martin Starr as Stacey’s baffled husband, are masterclasses in camp. Time, 25 Oct. 2022 Judge’s selling power as a pitchman, and a lucrative side income, is just better as a Yankee. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2022 The protagonist, played by Daniel Kaluuya, is named Otis Jr., or O.J., which seems to be a nod to the former football player and rental car pitchman who was famously acquitted for murder. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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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 29 Jan. 2023.

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