[ pluhm-er ]
/ ˈplʌm ər /
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a person who installs and repairs piping, fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances in connection with the water supply, drainage systems, etc., both in and out of buildings.
Slang. an undercover operative or spy hired to detect or stop leaks of news or secret information, often using questionable or illegal methods, as illegal entry or wiretapping.
Obsolete. a worker in lead or similar metals.



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Origin of plumber

1375–1425; 1965–70 for def. 2; late Middle English, spelling variant of Middle English plowber ≪ Late Latin plumbārius leadworker; replacing Middle English plummer<Anglo-French; Old French plummier<Latin, as above. See plumb, -er2
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British Dictionary definitions for plumber

/ (ˈplʌmə) /


a person who installs and repairs pipes, fixtures, etc, for water, drainage, and gas

Word Origin for plumber

C14: from Old French plommier worker in lead, from Late Latin plumbārius, from Latin plumbum lead
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