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[puhm-per] /ˈpʌm pər/
a person or thing that pumps.
a fire truck specially equipped to pump water at the site of a fire.
Origin of pumper
1650-60; pump1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I was startled because this was almost the only man except the pumper and the train crews that had been there since I came.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • Yet with Yoricks inconsequence, the narrator is led aside and exclaims at the end of this chapter, But where is pumper?

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • Those who drink the waters, are expected to pay about a guinea per month, besides a gratuity to the pumper.

  • An hour later, a big broad shouldered Irishman who proved to be the pumper, came ambling along on a railroad velocipede.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • A pumper and a hook-and-ladder truck swung around the corner, lurching to a stop.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
Word Origin and History for pumper

1650s, agent noun from pump (v.). As "fire engine that pumps water," by 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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