Definition of showman
1 : the producer of a play or theatrical show
2 : a notably spectacular, dramatic, or effective performer
showmanshipplay \ˈshō-mən-ˌship\ noun
Recent Examples of showman from the Web
Symmonds combines elite talent, a showman's flair and a firm grasp of the big picture.
Trump, the vulgar showman, is perhaps the most (publicly) unsuitable personality to inhabit the White House in the modern era.
Each year, legions of fans gather each July in his hometown of Butte, Montana, to celebrate the life of consummate showman who seemed to know no fear.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'showman'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of showman
SHOWMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of showman for English Language Learners
: a person who is good at entertaining people
SHOWMAN Defined for Kids
Definition of showman for Students
: a person having a special skill for presenting something in a dramatic way
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up showman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).