sewer

1
[ soo-er ]
/ ˈsu ər /

noun

an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.

verb (used with object)

to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.

Nearby words

  1. seward, william h.,
  2. seward, william henry,
  3. sewell,
  4. sewell, anna,
  5. sewellel,
  6. sewer pill,
  7. sewerage,
  8. sewin,
  9. sewing,
  10. sewing circle

Origin of sewer

1
1375–1425; late Middle English suer(e) < dialectal Old French se(u)wiere overflow channel (compare Old French ess(e)ouer(e) ditch) < Latin *exaquāria drain for carrying water off, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aqu(a) water + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary; see sew2, -er2

Related formssew·er·less, adjectivesew·er·like, adjective

sewer

2
[ soh-er ]
/ ˈsoʊ ər /

noun

a person or thing that sews.

Origin of sewer

2
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sew1, -er1

sewer

3
[ soo-er ]
/ ˈsu ər /

noun

a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.

Origin of sewer

3
1300–50; Middle English, aphetic < Anglo-French asseour seater, equivalent to Old French asse(oir) to seat (< Latin assidēre to attend upon; see assiduous) + -our -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for sewer

sewer

1
/ (ˈsuːə) /

noun

a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage

verb

(tr) to provide with sewers

Word Origin for sewer

C15: from Old French esseveur, from essever to drain, from Vulgar Latin exaquāre (unattested), from Latin ex- 1 + aqua water

noun

a person or thing that sews

noun

(in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests

Word Origin for sewer

C14: shortened from Anglo-French asseour, from Old French asseoir to cause to sit, from Latin assidēre, from sedēre to sit

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Word Origin and History for sewer
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