fire·​man | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-mən How to pronounce fireman (audio) \

Definition of fireman

1 : a person who tends or feeds fires : stoker
2 : a member of a fire department : firefighter
3 : an enlisted man in the navy who works with engineering machinery
4 : a relief pitcher in baseball

Examples of fireman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To their surprise, their family, dog or, in one case, a fireman's entire firehouse crew would pop up on the massive display to wish them good luck. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'American Idol' Was the First Show to React to COVID. Can They Be the First to 'Pivot Back' to Normal?," 12 Feb. 2021 Petit excelled again in a fireman role with a 1.66 ERA in a team-high 26 outings. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s bullpen, a foundation in 2020, may need a rebuild for 2021," 25 Oct. 2020 Eager to leave being a clerk and getting into actual railroad operations, Mr. Amos went to work as a brakeman and after being furloughed became a fireman shoveling coal into the fireboxes of steam engines. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Charles L. Amos, a retired railroader who became a noted painter of iconic railroad scenes, dies," 18 Nov. 2020 The right-hander is the fireman of the A’s bullpen, a defuser of tense situations. Matt Kawahara,, "From Petit to ‘Hercu-Liam,’ A’s bullpen huge in Game 3," 1 Oct. 2020 Re: Costumes: What about dressing up as a pirate, a witch, a fireman, a football player . . . Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: How to not get dressed down at Halloween," 24 Oct. 2020 Scott’s journey of growing up and coming to grips with the loss of his father involves Ray (Bill Burr), the abrasive fireman his mom starts dating, who makes Scott pick up his two young kids at his ex-wife’s house and walk them to school. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The new 'King' of Hollywood? Pete Davidson lends jokes – and real depth – to 'Staten Island'," 8 June 2020 So is Petit, who had a 1.66 ERA this season and is the A’s bullpen fireman but turns 36 next month. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s bullpen, a reliable unit in 2020, faces offseason questions," 9 Oct. 2020 Design covers all the playground basics, like monkey bars, a fireman's pole, and three swings. Sian Babish,, "The best swing set of 2020," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of fireman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Feb 2021

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“Fireman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fireman

: a man who is a member of group that works to put out fires


fire·​man | \ ˈfīr-mən How to pronounce fireman (audio) \
plural firemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of fireman

2 : a person who tends a fire (as in a large furnace)

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