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  • n. Plural form of chapman.


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  • CHAPBOOK Small, inexpensive books produced from the 17th century until today, originally sold by "chapmen", peddlers, and hawkers.


  • And also to give colour to this tale she bought many pelts and other goods, such as chapmen deal in.

    Eric Brighteyes

  • Chapbooks - the name derives from 'chapmen' the door-to-door peddlers who sold this type of literature - told racy tales of amorous advances, love and marriage.

    Signs of the Times

  • Chapbooks were works of popular literature sold for a few pence by pedlars or ‘chapmen’ from the 16th to the 19th cent.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • And moreover their women are for ever seeking whatso is fair and goodly, whatso is far-fetched and dear-bought, whereof we chapmen also thrive, as thou mayst well deem.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Said Atra smiling on her: Nay, now must the cat be out of the bag, and I must tell thee that thou art to think of us as chapmen who with our kindness would buy something of thee, to wit, that thou wouldst do an errand for us to those three lovers of ours.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Most of the company were chapmen and wagoners, all extremely polite; they asked Cacambo a few questions with the utmost discretion and circumspection; and replied to his in a most obliging and satisfactory manner.


  • ¶ Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; besides that which chapmen and merchants brought.

    2 Chronicles 9.

  • Much was he there in the months that followed, both at Heorot and widely among yeomen, chapmen, or common fieldhands, workers, sailors.

    Time Patrolman

  • Certes among the Lacedæmonians it was found out that great numbers of merchants were nothing to the furtherance of the state of the commonwealth: wherefore it is to be wished that the huge heap of them were somewhat restrained, as also of our lawyers, so should the rest live more easily upon their own, and few honest chapmen be brought to decay by breaking of the bankrupt.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)


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