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 c&emacron;apman : c&emacron;ap, 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”).