Origin of pumper

First recorded in 1650–60; pump1 + -er1
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Historical Examples of pumper

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

    The Secret Pact

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • Those who drink the waters, are expected to pay about a guinea per month, besides a gratuity to the pumper.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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