Chapmen
Chapman Chap"man, n.; pl. {Chapmen}. [AS. ce['a]pman; ce['a]p trade + man man; akin to D. koopman, Sw. k["o]pman, Dan. ki["o]pmand, G. kaufmann.f. {Chap} to cheapen, and see {Cheap}.] 1. One who buys and sells; a merchant; a buyer or a seller. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The word of life is a quick commodity, and ought not, as a drug to be obtruded on those chapmen who are unwilling to buy it. --T. Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. A peddler; a hawker. [1913 Webster]


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