locksmith

[lok-smith]

Origin of locksmith

1200–50; Middle English loksmith (first attested as surname). See lock1, smith
Related formslock·smith·er·y, nounlock·smith·ing, noun
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Contemporary Examples of locksmith

Historical Examples of locksmith

  • She resisted an impulse to say that she had broken the key in the lock and to send for the locksmith.

  • The locksmith had carried petitions and memorials to the fountain-head, with his own hands.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • The very man was here to-night,' thought the locksmith, changing colour.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Acting on this hint, the locksmith prepared to take his leave.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • I love all the ladies, ma'am,' said Hugh, turning to the locksmith's wife.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for locksmith

locksmith

noun
  1. a person who makes or repairs locks
Derived Formslocksmithery or locksmithing, noun
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Word Origin and History for locksmith
n.

early 13c., from lock (n.1) + smith.

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