Definition of packman in English:


nounplural noun packmen

  • A peddler.

    ‘He found a blacksmith labouring at his anvil and asked directions to the house of the wine merchant, where he gave the order for a tun of the local wine to be delivered by packman to the Earl's castle in late summer.’
    • ‘There was a tripling or a quadrupling of the number of packmen, carriers, and others engaged in moving goods about.’
    • ‘But more of the same is now needed from the portly packman who never really had the chance to shine at Wigan.’
    • ‘She and her mother take refuge with the loyal friend of her childhood, the packman Bob Jakins.’
    • ‘Eventually he reached Dewsbury, where he became a travelling packman, selling cheap jewellery and household essentials at rural fairs.’



/ˈpakˌman/ /ˈpækˌmæn/