plumb·​er | \ ˈplə-mər How to pronounce plumber (audio) \

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

Examples of plumber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That plumber will be able to determine if the backup is in the plumbing system of the customer's home or business. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how to keep fatty holiday foods from clogging your sewer pipes," 24 Dec. 2020 Put the following professionals on retainer: A master plumber, an electrician, and a furnace specialist. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Historic Homes are Full of Charm—and Plenty of Problems, Too," 10 Dec. 2020 An experienced plumber will be able to recommend which pump is best suited for your home and family. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Increase Your Home’s Water Pressure," 21 Oct. 2020 If the plumber either rules out or clears an oily backup in the homeowner's plumbing system, but the issues continues, that may indicate the backup is on the larger system. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how to keep fatty holiday foods from clogging your sewer pipes," 24 Dec. 2020 With more than 8,000 enthusiastic reviews on Amazon, this basic-yet-life-changing pick can save you potentially thousands of dollars in plumber bills by unclogging hair from drains. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 20 Nov. 2020 Mario’s got a new sidekick named Cappy, who lets the plumber take over any character in the game, for some fun new hijinks. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "These are our favorite games for the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite," 13 Nov. 2020 The Spurs also want the county to cover the cost of seven employees overseeing parking at the complex, a plumber, electrician and an emergency medical technician. Joshua Fechter,, "Bexar County wants to make sure $250,000 bill from Spurs to use AT&T Center as voting site is justified," 18 Dec. 2020 Underlying problems your plumber finds (such as leaky pipes, a cracked flange or leaky valves) can increase costs; disposing of your old toilet also runs about $50 to $200, the site notes. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "4 home repair projects that are best left to the pros," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of plumber was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2021

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“Plumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plumber

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


plumb·​er | \ ˈplə-mər How to pronounce plumber (audio) \

Kids Definition of plumber

: a person who installs or repairs plumbing

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