steeplejack

noun

stee·​ple·​jack ˈstē-pəl-ˌjak How to pronounce steeplejack (audio)
: a person whose work is building smokestacks, towers, or steeples or climbing up the outside of them to paint and make repairs

Examples of steeplejack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1876, Cincinnati Commercial reporter Lafcadio Hearn wrote about accompanying a steeplejack to climb to the top of the spire. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2021 Jim Phelan, a steeplejack who installs and repairs flagpoles, remembers a childhood visit to the Bolander plant, when Larry Sr. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2018 When City Hall’s flagpole ropes busted two weeks ago, maintenance supervisor Daynon Arrington couldn’t find a steeplejack in Kansas City. Sarah Gish, kansascity, 20 Dec. 2017 The 15-year-old junior steeplejack will also be charged with a curfew violation. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, 24 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steeplejack was in 1852

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“Steeplejack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steeplejack. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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