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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
First recorded in 1650-60; pump1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A pumper and a hook-and-ladder truck swung around the corner, lurching to a stop.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
  • Those who drink the waters, are expected to pay about a guinea per month, besides a gratuity to the pumper.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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