Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that installs and repairs pipes and plumbing.
  • n. Slang An employee assigned to investigate and stop leaks of sensitive information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who works in lead.
  • n. One who furnishes, fits, and repairs pipes and other apparatus for the conveyance of water, gas, or drainage.
  • n. In the Royal Navy, nickname for an apprentice, a boy aged 16 to 18, who is trained in technical skills at the Dockyard Schools to become an Artificer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who works in lead; esp., one who furnishes, fits, and repairs lead pipes.
  • n. Any worker who installs or repairs piping and related equipment for conveyance of water, gas, or drainage into or out of buildings, or within buildings to fixtures or equipment using water. The type of material used for the conduits varies with the application, and may be may be of lead, iron, copper, glass, palstic, or other material.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who works in lead; especially, one who fits lead pipes and other apparatus for the conveyance of gas and water, covers the roofs of buildings with sheets of lead, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances

Etymologies

Middle English plummer, from Old French plomier, from Latin plumbārius, lead worker, from Latin plumbum, lead.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French plummier (French plombier); from Latin plumbum ("lead or lead shot"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I will probably write while the plumber is here and maybe stay home from Eric's ultimate frisbee game and write.

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  • [FUN FACT: Did you know that the term "plumber" comes from the Latin term for lead, the the element, the stuff you use for bullets: plumbum?]

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  • So, for example, when my plumber is late, I'll understand he was living his life and loving his family ... and those are good things.

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  • The challenges that take the second, third and fourth looks, the situations that require knowledge gained from experience and cool-headed practice of a craft separate a plumber from a guy with a plunger, a reporter from a person with a notebook or camera.

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  • I have written five books on investing, but I call a plumber when the faucet leaks.

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  • I'm still mad about the strange air-conditioner repair job, so I call the plumber myself.

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