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Haberdasher

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Haberdásher. n.s. [This word is ingeniously deduced by Minshew from habt ihr dass, German, have you this, the expression of a shopkeeper offering his wares to sale.] One who sells small wares; a pedlar.

Because these cunning men are like haberdashers of small wares, it is not amiss to set forth their shop. Bacon's Essays.

A haberdasher, who was the oracle of the coffeehouse, declared his opinion. Addison's Spectator, № 48.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Minsheu, John (8) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: German (30) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Haberdasher." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: August 3, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2353.


  1. The quote by Addison comes from Spectator, No. 403, not from No. 48.

  2. Brandi on June 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

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