"fireman's scaling ladder," French, literally "fireman," from pompe "pump" (see pump (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for pompier

Historical Examples of pompier

  • It does not amuse the pompier,” said Dumas, “but I know what it wants.

    Dumas' Paris

    Francis Miltoun

  • I have a horse entered for the race to-morrow, Pompier de Nanterre.

  • When the act was finished, Dumas went in search of the pompier, who did not know him.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • On this occasion, M. Wilkie—being fortunate enough to arrive the first—immediately repaired to Pompier de Nanterre's stall.

  • He would willingly have given his third share in Pompier de Nanterre to have made his escape.