Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who tends a counter, as in a diner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who serves behind a counter, especially in a diner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who attends at the counter of a shop to sell goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A salesman in a shop or store; the man behind the counter, as distinguished from the floor-walker, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who attends a counter (as in a diner)

Etymologies

counter +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is his function to persuade with winged words his adversary, the company's local underwriter or "counterman," that the stock of cheap millinery belonging to the Slavonic gentlemen with the unfortunate record of two fires of unknown origin and two opportune failures is even more desirable -- at the rate -- than the large line on the substantial office building which he half exhibits, holding suggestively back.

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  • You know the type comes on with bartenders and cab drivers, talking about right hooks and the Dodgers, call the counterman in Nedick’s by his first name.

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  • I stood right there and heard the counterman at Bass P. say exactly that.

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  • IOUs piled up in the register and rather than embarrass anyone, Ray closed the diner to take a job as a counterman.

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  • The counterman comes to me, apparently not to take my order but to carve up a brisket of corned beef.

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  • If the counterman began adding on the usual pickled jalapeños, he could be stopped by the non-chile lover before it was too late, because picking any one ingredient out of a sandwich this size is a messy undertaking.

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  • The outsiders are now the representatives of the old South, the plantation owner up on the hill, whose cheek receives the famous slap; those good old boys who chase Tibbs into the abandoned warehouse; the stupid counterman at the diner who refuses to serve him; and, ironically, Bill Gillespie.

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  • There was an odd look on her face as she pried her bulk from the depression in the love seat, much as the counterman at Acme's had pried open the oysters a half-hour before.

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  • While there, he discovered that feet away from our President's inner sanctum in the office of special adviser, David Axelrod, are three photographs from Manny's Delicatessen here in Chicago including a shot of a knish and a pastrami sandwich and one of the legendary counterman, Gino.

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  • The counterman and I stopped and watched this drama open up before us.

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