- a sailor responsible for keeping the oil lamps of a ship burning brightly, especially the deck and navigation lamps.
Origin of lamp trimmer
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for lamp trimmer
Here, as I conjectured, I found old Greazer, our lamp-trimmer.
Run forwards and see what that lazy lubber of a lamp-trimmer is about.
We could thus, at any rate, say that we had our lamps burning, and throw the blame of their condition upon the lamp-trimmer.
The grotesque and massive aspect of that deck hand (I suppose he was that—very likely the lamp-trimmer) surprised me very much.A Personal Record