Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A fire poker.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Dutch, from stoken, to stoke, from Middle Dutch stōken, to poke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

  • (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).

    The Stoker's Catechism

  • 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.

    Flanagan and His Short Filibustering Adventure.

  • Our driver and fireman ( "stoker," perhaps you call the latter) are very great men.

    Little Folks A Magazine for the Young (Date of issue unknown)

  • 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.

    Dame Care

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Master of the Mise-en-Scène

  • Five Best Werewolf Movies of All Time anne rice, bram stoker, dracula, interview with a vampire, lost boys, nosferatu, underworld, vampires

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  • Handsome young Dickie Attenbrough plays a claustrophobic stoker.

    My God, It's Full Of Tweets!

  • Best Vampire Movies of All Time bram stoker, dracula, dracula: dead and loving it, george hamilton, gerard butler, jack palance, leslie nielsen, mel brooks, rutgar hauer

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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.

    Anna Christie – review

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