Definitions

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

  • n. A hawker of small wares, as on the streets or at a carnival.
  • n. One who makes aggressive selling or promotional efforts.
  • n. One who delivers commercials on radio or television.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A salesman, especially, one who aggressively markets wares from a street stall, or a carnival or side show act.

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

  • n. an aggressive salesman who uses a fast line of talk to sell something
  • n. someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)

Etymologies

pitch +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Casting the notoriously uber-capitalistic and over-the-top rocker as a TV-ad lawyer/pitchman is brilliant, but Simmons looks uncomfortable sitting at a table in a scene with solid character actor J.K. Simmons and Bateman.

    Mike Judge tries to “Extract” more workplace comedy » Scene-Stealers

  • The story starts with a pitchman from the Hierarchy offering Illyria all she had in the distant past if she would just do them the favor of killing Liandra and, although it is unspecified, no doubt destroying Bete Noire in the process, which has now been shown to be the center of the psyche of all the rest of the world.

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  • It’s a tirade, of course, but here Hirsch, as manic and breathy as any television pitchman, is busy pushing product on every page.

    The Knowledge Deficit

  • An avid gardener, he was later known as the pitchman for Miracle-Gro plant food.

    Variety.com

  • His wife found Mays -- best known as the pitchman for OxiClean and star of many other TV infomercials -- unconscious in their Florida home, TMZ reports\

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • Mark Richt as a pitchman is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of execution.

    EDSBS

  • And he cried to Larry King about not being able to work as a "pitchman" to pay that note because he broke his neck in a fall?

    Blogtimore, Hon

  • Mr. Bosley also toured nationally in musicals, including the 1920s evergreen "Showboat," and was a longtime pitchman for Glad trash bags.

    Tom Bosley dies at 83; actor played Howard Cunningham, father on 'Happy Days'

  • Pacquiao was recently a pitchman for a Hewlett-Packard campaign.

    The Days and Nights of Manny

  • But the surprising majority went to Bartolo Colon, the portly pitcher who seems unlikely to ever be hired as a Jack LaLanne pitchman.

    The Yankees on the Yankees

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  • I still use my bass-o-matic

    June 29, 2009

  • "Recently, Mays' primacy as pitchman was challenged by Offer 'Vince' Shlomi, a lupine, smart-alecky spokesman for the ShamWow, a rival chamois to Mays' Zorbeez product."

    The discount chamois wars are upon us! Potentially even more absorbing than the heights scaled by the Samurai Shark knife sharpener and the Bay City Slider Station burger machine.

    June 29, 2009

  • "his impossibly dark hair and beard -- a signature style that made him resemble a bear that had fallen into a vat of Just For Men".

    Those obit writers are a laff riot.

    June 29, 2009

  • "Billy Mays, the burly, bearded television pitchman whose boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo, OxiClean and ESPN made him a pop-culture icon, died today. He was 50."
    - AP, Billy Mays dies at 50; boisterous TV pitchman, latimes.com, 28 June 2009.

    June 29, 2009