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firefighter

or fire fight·er

[fahyuh r-fahy-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who fights destructive fires.
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Origin of firefighter

First recorded in 1900–05; fire + fighter
Related formsfire·fight·ing, noun, adjective
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  • They rushed for the footbridge and a firefighter blocked their way.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • Suzanne grabbed his hand and walked him over to the truck and grabbed the first firefighter she encountered.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • The fire was out now, the firefighter hosing down the last embers, going through the crowd and checking for injuries.

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    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for firefighter

firefighter

noun
  1. a person who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer
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Word Origin and History for firefighter

n.

1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.

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