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

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Petit continues to be the A’s fireman: Petit entered Tuesday’s game tied for fourth in the American League with 25 holds. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Is Yusmeiro Petit the MVP of the A’s pitching staff?," 4 Sep. 2019 Civil servants, firemen, bus drivers and many more have backed one of the protesters’ chief demands: an independent inquiry into the crisis. The Economist, "Beijing urges a stronger response to the protests in Hong Kong," 1 Aug. 2019 Eventually, the firemen came and confirmed that no one was in the house. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio,, "Convenience store cleans up mess from first earthquake, only have to do it all over again," 6 July 2019 The Brewers’ pitching staff was fueled by a deep bullpen and lefthanded fireman Josh Hader to mask the woes of their rotation. Matt Martell,, "Who Has the Edge in the NL Central's Three-Team Race?," 19 Aug. 2019 The Waukesha one features a Waukesha firetruck that has musical notes painted on it, a fireman playing air guitar to pay homage to Les Paul, and a kid using a bucket as a drum. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They met working at a restaurant 30 years ago. This week, they opened their fourth Firehouse Subs.," 1 Aug. 2019 Enjoy a variety of food, all prepared and cooked by volunteer firemen and EMS members, ranging from fried clams to tacos. Camila Vallejo,, "Here’s all you need to know about your favorite country fairs in Connecticut for 2019," 30 July 2019 Forbes voted this one of the top five hardest jobs, next to firemen and construction workers and truck drivers, so balancing is difficult for me. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became a celebrity party planner: Mindy Weiss," 23 July 2019 Thank you to all the Pgh international Airport Escorts that were so very kind & the hot firemen who swiftly got me on my feet, into my chair & on my way!!! . . . . Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, ""Dance Moms" Star Abby Lee Miller Fell Out Of Her Wheelchair at the Airport," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of fireman

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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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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