pumper

[ puhm-per ]
/ ˈpʌm pər /
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noun

a person or thing that pumps.
a fire truck specially equipped to pump water at the site of a fire.

Nearby words

  1. pump up,
  2. pump-action,
  3. pump-and-dump,
  4. pump-oxygenator,
  5. pumped storage,
  6. pumpernickel,
  7. pumping,
  8. pumpkin,
  9. pumpkin head,
  10. pumpking

Origin of pumper

First recorded in 1650–60; pump1 + -er1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pumper

  • A pumper and a hook-and-ladder truck swung around the corner, lurching to a stop.

    The Secret Pact|Mildred A. Wirt
  • I was startled because this was almost the only man except the pumper and the train crews that had been there since I came.

    Danger Signals|John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • Yet with Yoricks inconsequence, the narrator is led aside and exclaims at the end of this chapter, But where is Pumper?

    Laurence Sterne in Germany|Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • An hour later, a big broad shouldered Irishman who proved to be the pumper, came ambling along on a railroad velocipede.

    Danger Signals|John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady


Word Origin and History for pumper

pumper

n.

1650s, agent noun from pump (v.). As "fire engine that pumps water," by 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper