Chapman



British. a peddler.
Archaic. a merchant.
Frank Michler
[mik-ler] /ˈmɪk lər/ (Show IPA), 1864–1945, U.S. ornithologist, museum curator, and author.
George, 1559–1634, English poet, dramatist, and translator.
John, Appleseed, Johnny.
noun (pl) -men
(archaic) a trader, esp an itinerant pedlar
noun
George 1559–1634, English dramatist and poet, noted for his translation of Homer
n.

“peddler, itinerant tradesman,” Middle English form of Old English ceapman “tradesman,” from West Germanic compound *kaupman- (cf. Old High German choufman, German Kauffman, Middle Dutch and Dutch koopman), formed with equivalents of man (n.) + West Germanic *kaup- (cf. Old Saxon cop, Old Frisian kap “trade, purchase,” Middle Dutch coop, Dutch koop “trade, market, bargain,” kauf “trader,” Old English ceap “barter, business; a purchase”), from Proto-Germanic *kaupoz- (cf. Danish kjøb “purchase, bargain,” Old Norse kaup “bargain, pay;” cf. also Old Church Slavonic kupiti “to buy,” a Germanic loan-word), probably an early Germanic borrowing from Latin caupo (genitive cauponis) “petty tradesman, huckster,” of unknown origin. Cf. also cheap (adj.).

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