AskDefine | Define middleman

Dictionary Definition



1 someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers [syn: jobber, wholesaler]
2 the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk [syn: interlocutor]
3 a person who is in a position to give you special assistance; "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor" [syn: contact]

User Contributed Dictionary




middle + man

Alternative spellings


  1. an intermediary between two parties
  2. a dealer, an intermediate between the manufacturer and the retailer or customer


Extensive Definition

Middle man or middleman may mean:
  • An employee - typically a salesperson - who acts on behalf of a company when dealing with customers
  • Middleman node, a node in anonymity networks such as Tor or Mixmaster that only forwards messages to other anonymizing nodes and never lets messages exit the network
  • Man-in-the-middle attack, a type of attack in cryptography
  • The Middle Man is a comic published by the notable independent publisher, Viper Comics.

See also

  • Middle Men, a racial group of characters from J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe.

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