lamp trimmer


noun

a sailor responsible for keeping the oil lamps of a ship burning brightly, especially the deck and navigation lamps.

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Origin of lamp trimmer

First recorded in 1880–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for lamp trimmer

  • Here, as I conjectured, I found old Greazer, our lamp-trimmer.

    The Ghost Ship|John C. Hutcheson
  • 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|Joseph Conrad
  • Run forwards and see what that lazy lubber of a lamp-trimmer is about.

    The Ghost Ship|John C. Hutcheson