[ ik-sting-gwi-sher ]
/ ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪ ʃər /


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.
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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