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showman

[shoh-muh n] /ˈʃoʊ mən/
noun, plural showmen.
1.
a person who presents or produces a show, especially of a theatrical nature.
2.
a person who is gifted in doing or presenting things theatrically or dramatically:
He didn't have much voice but was a great showman.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; show + -man
Related forms
showmanly, adverb
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  • Fish has been cast by the news media as a self-satisfied showman, but not a speck of pretense crops up during our conversation.
  • He repeats himself for emphasis, and then-ever the showman-jumps to his feet, smiling at me over his shoulder.
  • Or an impulsive showman who will hop the next flight out of town when cornered.
  • Once there was a showman traveling on foot with a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage.
British Dictionary definitions for showman

showman

/ˈʃəʊmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person who presents or produces a theatrical show, etc
2.
a person skilled at presenting anything in an effective manner
Derived Forms
showmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for showman
n.

"one who presents shows," 1734, from see show (n.) + man (n.).

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