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[lok-smith] /ˈlɒkˌsmɪθ/
a person who makes or repairs locks and keys.
Origin of locksmith
1200-50; Middle English loksmith (first attested as surname). See lock1, smith
Related forms
locksmithery, noun
locksmithing, noun Unabridged
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  • She resisted an impulse to say that she had broken the key in the lock and to send for the locksmith.

  • The very man was here to-night,' thought the locksmith, changing colour.

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  • The locksmith had carried petitions and memorials to the fountain-head, with his own hands.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Acting on this hint, the locksmith prepared to take his leave.

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  • I love all the ladies, ma'am,' said Hugh, turning to the locksmith's wife.

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  • You had better take her in to the fire,' said the locksmith.

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  • The locksmith glanced at him disdainfully, but returned no other answer.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The locksmith's wife knew better perhaps, than he, what ailed her daughter.

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British Dictionary definitions for locksmith


a person who makes or repairs locks
Derived Forms
locksmithery, locksmithing, noun
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Word Origin and History for locksmith

early 13c., from lock (n.1) + smith.

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