or fire fight·er

[fahyuh r-fahy-ter]


a person who fights destructive fires.

Origin of firefighter

First recorded in 1900–05; fire + fighter
Related formsfire·fight·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of firefighting

  • But it hadn't rained in seven months, and the country's firefighting budget had been downscaled over several decades.

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    Israel's Inferno

    Fania Oz-Salzberger

    December 5, 2010

Historical Examples of firefighting

British Dictionary definitions for firefighting



  1. the occupation of attempting to control and extinguish fires
  2. (as modifier)firefighting equipment
the practice of reacting to urgent problems as they arise, as opposed to planning for the future



a person who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer
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Word Origin and History for firefighting



1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.

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