plumber

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French plummier (French plombier); from Latin plumbārius, from plumbum (lead or lead shot).

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Noun[edit]

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plumber (plural plumbers)

  1. One who works in or with lead.
  2. One who furnishes, fits, and repairs pipes and other apparatus for the conveyance of water, gas, or drainage.
    1. One who installs piping for potable and waste water.
  3. A person who investigates or prevents leaks of information
  4. (Britain, informal) In the Royal Navy, an apprentice, a boy aged 16 to 18, who is trained in technical skills at the Dockyard Schools to become an artificer.
  5. (medicine, slang) A urologist.
    • 1958, Father Provincial Assumption B.V.M. Monastery, The Chronicle (volumes 12-13, page 39)
      [] began the month with an operation at St. Joseph Hospital in Aurora, Ill. His surgeon, by the way, was a "plumber” – urologist.
    • 1983, Toni Martin, How to Survive Medical School (page 127)
      Within surgery, the "cleaner" specialties, such as cardiac and neurosurgery, outrank the plumbers (urologists) and proctologists.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Irish: pluiméir
  • Welsh: plymer

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References[edit]

  • Corpun.com, a specialized website on Corporal Punishments [1]

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

plumber

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of plumbō