pitch·​man | \ ˈpich-mən How to pronounce pitchman (audio) \

Definition of pitchman

: 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 Of all the Chicago auto dealers who ever graced the small screen as their own TV pitchman, few were as delightfully campy as Bob Rohrman. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "There was only one Bob Rohrman. Auto dealer and TV pitchman dies at 87.," 2 Sep. 2020 DraftKings is Jordan’s latest gig as a company pitchman. Fortune, "DraftKings stock jumps more than 6% on Michael Jordan investment," 2 Sep. 2020 DraftKings is just Jordan’s latest gig as a company pitchman. Luke Mcgrath, Bloomberg.com, "Michael Jordan Places His Next Big-League Bet on DraftKings," 1 Sep. 2020 On the other, there is White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, looking for all the world like a pitchman for a gold informercial, promising capital gains tax cuts and relief for big banks. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why the GOP Didn’t Write a New Platform," 27 Aug. 2020 But the legendary pitchman vanished from public life in 1996 and hasn't resurfaced. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "New comedy explores 'disappearance' of Ford Bronco's pitchman," 13 Aug. 2020 The Rocket Mortgage pitchman did his sponsor proud after tying for 46th last year. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Hits and misses from the Rocket Mortgage Classic: Stars show out in Round 1," 2 July 2020 Why: The Quicken Loans pitchman has plenty of incentive to look good on his boss’ home turf. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Handicapping the Rocket Mortgage Classic field: Who'll win at Detroit Golf Club?," 27 June 2020 Kudlow, one of the administration’s primary pitchmen, floated the idea on television. David Welch, Bloomberg.com, "Inside GM’s Four-Week Sprint to Build Emergency Ventilators," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of pitchman

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Pitchman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitchman. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pitchman

US : a man whose job is to talk about something (such as a product) in order to persuade people to buy or accept it

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