chimney sweep


: a person whose occupation is cleaning soot from chimney flues

called also chimney sweeper

Examples of chimney sweep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sir Percival Pott, a London physician in 1775, felt sorry for chimney sweeps. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2024 Angels dissolved into clouds, chimney sweeps became black blotches that seeped into toothy mice, then trailed over stars and Christmas hearts and trees. Thomas Korsgaard, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Like a chimney sweep, a blacksmith is often covered in soot. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 Very young children are sometimes leased out to serve as chimney sweeps, or to help with the harvest. Rivka Galchen, Harper's Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Bert, the chimney sweep. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 6 June 2021 Western Lake urges everyone with a fireplace to get yearly inspections from a qualified chimney sweep, working smoke detectors and a plan in case of a fire, said Haerter. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2022 Other outfit choices at the event included a beagle dressed as a chimney sweep and Maltese in a blue ball gown. Kelli Bender,, 7 Dec. 2021 As March approaches, be sure to include hiring a professional chimney sweep to your spring cleaning list. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 9 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chimney sweep was in 1727

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“Chimney sweep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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chimney sweep

: a person who cleans soot from chimneys

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