[ puhm-per ]
/ ˈpʌm pər /


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper