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[stee-puh l-jak] /ˈsti pəlˌdʒæk/
a person who climbs steeples, towers, or the like, to build or repair them.
Origin of steeplejack
First recorded in 1880-85; steeple + jack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for steeplejack
Historical Examples
  • After all, it isn't any worse than being a steel worker or steeplejack.

    Disowned Victor Endersby
  • The other was to Jimmy the Flea, the climber, the steeplejack.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • But it was our steeplejack, James Huneker, who was our pioneer watcher of the skies.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • He saw that the steeplejack had now reached the point where his work was waiting for him, work that required nerve and courage.

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
  • Blixie Bimber liked him because he was a steeplejack, a little, but more because he was a whistler.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
British Dictionary definitions for steeplejack


a person trained and skilled in the construction and repair of steeples, chimneys, etc
Word Origin
C19: from steeple + jack1 (in the sense: a man or fellow)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for steeplejack

"one who climbs steeples, chimneys, etc. to make repairs," 1881, from steeple + jack (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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