[ ik-stur-muh-ney-ter ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪ tər /


a person or thing that exterminates.
a person or business establishment specializing in the elimination of vermin, insects, etc., from a building, apartment, etc., especially by the controlled application of toxic chemicals.

Origin of exterminator

From the Late Latin word exterminātor, dating back to 1605–15. See extermine, -ator
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Word Origin and History for exterminator



c.1400, "an angel who expells (people from a country)," from Late Latin exterminator, from Latin exterminatus, past participle stem of exterminare (see exterminate). As a substance for ridding a place of rats, etc., by 1848. As a person whose job it is to do this, by 1938.

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