a person or thing that extinguishes.
an instrument consisting of a cone-shaped cup attached to a handle or the end of a pole, for extinguishing a candle by momentarily closing off the burning wick from the air.

Nearby words

  1. extinction,
  2. extinctive,
  3. extine,
  4. extinguish,
  5. extinguishant,
  6. extirpate,
  7. extirpation,
  8. extn.,
  9. extol,
  10. extoll

Compare candlesnuffer.

Origin of extinguisher

First recorded in 1550–60; extinguish + -er1

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Word Origin and History for extinguisher



1550s, agent noun from extinguish. As a mechanical device for putting out fires, from 1887.

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