- an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.
- to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.
Origin of sewer1
- a person or thing that sews.
Origin of sewer2
- a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.
Origin of sewer3
Examples from the Web for sewer
In fact, he's even a kind of modern-day Orpheus, descending into the sewer to bet his life and find redemption.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
The son of a fashion model and sewer contractor, Walker grew up Mormon and graduated from Village Christian High School.Actor Paul Walker, Star of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Films, Dies In Car Crash
December 1, 2013
In June, a court ruled that JPMorgan would lose $842 million of the $1.22 billion in sewer debt it held.JP Morgan Chase’s Long List of Expensive Legal Settlements Grows Even Longer
Nina Strochlic, William O’Connor
September 20, 2013
A lot of older cities have sewer systems that take rainwater, sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipe.Surfing Is Less Mystical and More High Tech Says a New Book
August 1, 2013
(The piece has also been shown with sewer pipe and old logs replacing the carpet).This Bench Recycles Bad Carpet as Good Art
June 27, 2013
You'll work another period, sewer rat, if I have to prop you up!Vulcan's Workshop
We want a sewer here, a bridge there, a lamp-post or a hydrant yonder.
I never saw the head, and he told me that he threw it into a sewer.
The influence of sewer air was ruled out because there were no sewers.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
At the other end of the table, the Sewer, Cup-bearer, and Carver.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
- a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage
- (tr) to provide with sewers
- a person or thing that sews
- (in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests
Word Origin and History for sewer
c.1400, "conduit," from Anglo-French sewere, Old North French sewiere "sluice from a pond" (13c.), literally "something that makes water flow," from shortened form of Gallo-Romance *exaquaria (cf. Middle French esseveur), from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + aquaria, fem. of aquarius "pertaining to water," from aqua "water" (see aqua-).
Specifically of underground channels for wastewater from c.1600; figurative use of this is from 1640s.
"one who sews," late 14c., agent noun from sew (v.).