(chiefly british) A peddler.
(archaic) A dealer or merchant.
(archaic) A trader or peddler.
(person) 1559?-1634; Eng. poet, playwright, & translator of Homer.
Origin of chapman
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).