chimney sweep


: a person whose occupation is cleaning soot from chimney flues

called also chimney sweeper

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 As someone who came out of the NFL and lost everything and was a chimney sweep for a few months, a security guard at night. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 13 Dec. 2020 Before the cooler weather hits, contact a chimney sweep or chimney service company for a professional cleaning. Houston Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2020 Call your local chimney sweep for a professional fireplace cleaning and keep flammable materials away from the fireplace. Felicia Dechter,, 3 Dec. 2019 This makes a professional chimney sweep's job much easier, but still necessary. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 1 Nov. 2019 Her dance alongside six chimney sweeps played right into Flannery's comedic talents. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chimney sweep was in 1727

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Cite this Entry

“Chimney sweep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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chimney sweep

: a person who cleans soot from chimneys

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