- a person who climbs steeples, towers, or the like, to build or repair them.
Origin of steeplejack
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Examples from the Web for steeplejack
After all, it isn't any worse than being a steel worker or steeplejack.Disowned
The other was to Jimmy the Flea, the climber, the steeplejack.
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
Blixie Bimber liked him because he was a steeplejack, a little, but more because he was a whistler.
- a person trained and skilled in the construction and repair of steeples, chimneys, etc
C19: from steeple + jack 1 (in the sense: a man or fellow)
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Word Origin and History for steeplejack
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