plumber

noun
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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Robots won’t eat all the jobs, says Marco Zappacosta, the CEO and co-founder of Thumbtack, a marketplace for service professionals from plumbers to yoga teachers to personal trainers. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Why the robot apocalypse won’t kill all gig economy jobs," 16 June 2018 Most people will accept spending $80/hour on a plumber, but balk at putting a similar price tag on the value of their company’s website. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "Fundamentals of hiring a freelance designer for your business," 19 Mar. 2018 Then a team of plumbers begins restarting the system around St. Patrick’s Day, with the aim of having all outdoor water features back up and running by Memorial Day weekend. Keith Williams, New York Times, "It’s Hot. How Do I Get the Spray Shower at the Park to Work?," 19 June 2018 The full-time employees losing their jobs include electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other skilled tradespeople needed to operate and maintain a large events venue. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Many long-time Bradley Center workers will not have jobs at the new Bucks arena," 11 May 2018 There are female plumbers, taxi-drivers and bartenders. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 That is a huge departure from construction sites, where unions representing plumbers, electricians, carpenters and various other trades each control their piece of the building process. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "Piece by Piece, a Factory-Made Answer for a Housing Squeeze," 7 June 2018 Ask any principal of a vocational school who is recruiting teachers who can prepare students for traditional jobs like auto mechanic, plumber, aviation mechanic and those needed for advanced manufacturing. WSJ, "Time for Vocational Education Renaissance," 23 May 2018 The biggest violators, in Pakenham’s experience, are plumbers, electricians, and carpenters. Elizabeth Royte, Daily Intelligencer, "George Pakenham is waging a one-man war on air pollution on the Upper West Side.," 10 July 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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plumber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plumber

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

plumber

noun
plumb·​er | \ˈplə-mər \

Kids Definition of plumber

: a person who installs or repairs plumbing

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