Definition of small man in English:

small man


  • 1Usually in form smallman. A minor manorial tenant holding land by copyhold. Now historical.

  • 2With the. The typical small-scale proprietor of land or (now especially) a business.


Late Middle English. From small + man. Earlier currency is implied by post-classical Latin smalemannus, in the same sense. The word is also attested early as a personal name, e.g. Smalemande Cobbeham, and surname, e.g. Hubert Smaleman and Richard Smaleman, although the precise sense is unclear.


small man

/ˈsmɔːl man/