fire·​man ˈfī(-ə)r-mən How to pronounce fireman (audio)
: a person who tends or feeds fires : stoker
: a member of a fire department : firefighter
: an enlisted man in the navy who works with engineering machinery
: a relief pitcher in baseball

Examples of fireman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fortune Tesla sends its ‘fireman’ to China Elon Musk is sending Tom Zhu, the former head of its China operations, back to the country to shore up the EV maker’s flagging business. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 8 May 2024 Members of Ukraine’s 1st Separate Assault Battalion describe themselves as firemen. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 One locomotive fireman named Frank Goodrich had to have his leg amputated due to injuries from the crash, and four cattle being carried in the freight cars were killed. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2024 To draw an analogy, this is like cutting off water to a fireman’s hose and then blaming him for spreading the fire that ensued. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for fireman 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fireman was in the 14th century

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“Fireman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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fire·​man -mən How to pronounce fireman (audio)
: a person who tends fires : stoker

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