from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who keeps a tally of something
  • n. A person who conducts the tally trade

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who keeps the tally, or marks the sticks.
  • n. One who keeps a tally shop, or conducts his business as tally trade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In forestry, a man who records or tallies the measurements of logs as they are called by the scaler.
  • n. One who keeps a tally or score.
  • n. One who keeps a tally-shop, selling goods on short credit, the accounts of which are kept by a system of tallies, without regular book-accounts.
  • n. One who sells by sample goods to be delivered afterward, or who takes orders for such goods.
  • n. A man who lives with a woman without marriage. See to live tally, under tally, n.

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

  • n. one who sells goods on the installment plan
  • n. one who keeps a tally of quantity or weight of goods produced or shipped or received


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  • Which is more than can be said for some of these sharpers that go by the name of tallyman.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • I'm a tenacious tallyman with the heart of a solid gold compass.

    Yard Sailing

  • She emptied the basket on the dump and handed the tallyman a wooden marker: Lizzie guessed the markers were used to calculate the wages at the end of the week.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • Depending on the size of the site, this tally will be kept by a tallyman, foreman or works supervisor himself.

    1.1. Survey of local conditions and site reconnaissance

  • A manual earth-moving site comprises: a site supervisor, four men or gang leaders, labourers, water carriers where necessary, a topography team, a tallyman and a watchman for the equipment.

    1.1. Survey of local conditions and site reconnaissance

  • The skipper took his eye off the tallyman counting in fish.

    Poor Man's Rock

  • Some of them had to pay a shilling a week to a tallyman or credit clothier.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • She had made several purchases of gewgaws, and had already paid three or four times their value, but was still in debt to the tallyman, who threatened all manner of impossible proceedings if she did not make up her arrears.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • Emma had got into the clutches of a jewellery tallyman, one of the fellows who sell trinkets to servant-girls on the pay-by-instalment system.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • I find, alas! that even here the fall of Adam is felt: Taking in some long poles to-day the negro tallyman persisted in counting twice the same pole.

    Voyage of the Liberdade


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