plumb·er | \ ˈplə-mər \

Definition of plumber 

1 : a dealer or worker in lead

2 : one who installs, repairs, and maintains piping, fittings, and fixtures involved in the distribution and use of water in a building

3 : a person whose job is to prevent or put an end to leaks of sensitive information

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Maciejewski still works full time as a journeyman plumber, Marquardt said, so the men are focused on making sausage and staffing the shop between just the two of them. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Sausage Co. finds a spot in local culture," 26 June 2018 Job opportunities, yeah. My plumber’s doing very well. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Obama administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Recode Decode," 21 June 2018 Skilled electricians, plumbers, welders, and so on all served the community and were respected for it, continued Foxx, who is also the former president of Mayland Community College in North Carolina. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Higher Education Nearly All Americans Love," 21 May 2018 Ask yourself; will a landscaper get more visibility from brochures and cookies, or a patch of grass and a live sheep? Won't a plumber be more prominent by displaying a functioning toilet? Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 Lutz’s plumber told him that the lateral wasn’t properly connected. Claudia Vargas,, "'Nightmare on Monroe Street': A tiny Queen Village block's six-year feud with the Philly Water Department," 6 July 2018 What's exists so far feels like an early side-scrolling shooter mixed with a Super Mario Brothers title—albeit with a pixelated cat that shoots laser beams out of its eyes instead of a shapeshifting Italian plumber. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Animals / News / Technology / The Internet Famous feline Lil' Bub gets her own video game—built by Chicago's Logan Arcade," 23 May 2018 Her work gave her an intellectual and social outlet, and her earnings — along with my father’s union plumber salary — enabled our family to camp around New England and, one summer, take a cross-country bus trip. Catherine Walsh,, "Working mother taught the value of work," 11 May 2018 For homes with showers or toilets in the basement, plumbers install cutoff valves – one that works automatically, plus a backup valve. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Flooding caused sewage backups in 300 homes, but free program can prevent that," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of plumber

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plumber

Middle English, from Anglo-French plummer, plomner, from Latin plumbarius, from plumbum

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English Language Learners Definition of plumber

: a person whose job is to install or repair sinks, toilets, water pipes, etc.


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Kids Definition of plumber

: a person who installs or repairs plumbing

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