American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is employed to feed fuel to and tend a furnace, as on a steam locomotive or a steamship.
- n. A mechanical device for feeding coal to a furnace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who attends to and maintains suitable combustion in a furnace, especially a furnace used in generating steam, as on a locomotive or steamship; a fireman.
- n. A poker.
- n. A person who stokes, especially one on a steamship who stokes coal in the boilers
- n. A device for stoking a fire; a poker
- n. A device that feeds coal into a furnace etc automatically
- n. A person who pedals on the back of a tandem bicycle
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who is employed to tend a furnace and supply it with fuel, especially the furnace of a locomotive or of a marine steam boiler; also, a machine for feeding fuel to a fire.
- n. rare A fire poker.
- n. Irish writer of the horror novel about Dracula (1847-1912)
- n. a laborer who tends fires (as on a coal-fired train or steamship)
- n. a mechanical device for stoking a furnace
- From Middle Dutch stoker ("stoker"), from Middle Dutch stoken ("to stoke, incite", literally "to poke, jab, thrust"), ultimately equivalent to stoke + -er. More at stoke. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch, from stoken, to stoke, from Middle Dutch stōken, to poke. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(I cannot see why one should be called stoker and the other fireman, for they both have to keep the fire going and the steam up).”
“One stoker called another stoker a weird name, and the latter, righteously inflamed at it, smote his mate with an iron shovel, and the man fell headlong over a heap of coal which crashed gently, while piece after piece rattled down upon the deck.”
“Our driver and fireman ( "stoker," perhaps you call the latter) are very great men.”
“At the same time as the monster a man in a blue blouse and with a brandy-nose had come to the farm; he called himself "stoker," and distinguished himself by constantly eating onions; he said that this was good for the digestion.”
“The ensuing violence results in an intervention by the National Guard and the dispatching by the NAACP of Golden Frinks (Afemo Omilami), a self-described "stoker" who organizes a peaceful march to the governor's office 50 miles away in which thousands eventually join.”
“The plot, pure hokum, revolves around a whirlwind waterfront romance between Bill Roberts (Bancroft again), an independent-minded stoker, and Mae (Betty Compson), the ostensibly weak woman he just rescued from suicide.”
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“Handsome young Dickie Attenbrough plays a claustrophobic stoker.”
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“What neither Chris nor Mat, a shipwrecked Irish stoker who falls instantly in love with her, realise is that Anna has been working as a Minnesota prostitute.”
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