Origin of chapmanMiddle English chapman from Old English ceapman, trader from ceap, trade, a bargain (see cheap) + man
- Chiefly British A peddler.
- Archaic A dealer or merchant.
Origin of chapmanMiddle English from Old English cēapman cēap trade ; see cheap . man, mann man ; see man .
From Old English cēapmann (“dealer”) (cognate with synonymous German Kaufmann, Middle Low German kopman, Swedish köpman), from cēap (“barter, business, dealing”) (whence also cheap) and mann (“man”).