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 Though Smithy is a loud-mouthed plumber, Gavin’s parents are well-off, and his mother Pam (Alison Steadman) often makes jibes about the lack of sophistication in Wales. The Economist, "I’m not going to lie “Gavin & Stacey” is a reminder that Britons can put differences aside," 26 Dec. 2019 That a plumber from Chandler, James Robison, detonated it., "The story that haunted Don Bolles isn't the story most people think they know," 3 Dec. 2019 His father was a plumber and his mother stayed home to raise Mr. Donald, his three brothers and a sister. Elisha Brown, New York Times, "After a Life of Hard Work, Finding Joy in the Simple Things," 20 Nov. 2019 The other two defendants were plumber Athanasios Ioannidis and contractor Dilber Kukic. Washington Post, "3 convicted in East Village explosion that killed 2 men," 15 Nov. 2019 Mario has remained relevant for longer, sure, but inhabiting a hedgehog was often more joyful during the franchise’s peak than pretending to be a plumber. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "5 Reasons Why the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Will Be Better Than the Internet Thinks," 30 Apr. 2019 In his later working life Bob was a union construction plumber with Local # 719 out of Broward County, FL., "Deaths in South Florida: 1/20," 20 Jan. 2018 After reading the transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that ultimately led to impeachment proceedings against Trump, the Lake Orion plumber whipped out his checkbook and wrote a $100 check. Elena Durnbaugh, Detroit Free Press, "Impeachment energizes crowd at Trump rally in Battle Creek.," 18 Dec. 2019 The Fed stepped in and acted like the plumber by pumping in vast amounts of cash. Matt Egan, CNN, "Investors think the Fed is doing QE again. That's giving markets an artificial boost," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plumber.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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