a person who climbs steeples, towers, or the like, to build or repair them.
Origin of steeplejack
First recorded in 1880–85; steeple
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for steeplejack
Historical Examples of steeplejack
After all, it isn't any worse than being a steel worker or steeplejack.
The other was to Jimmy the Flea, the climber, the steeplejack.
But it was our Steeplejack, James Huneker, who was our pioneer watcher of the skies.
He saw that the steeplejack had now reached the point where his work was waiting for him, work that required nerve and courage.
Blixie Bimber liked him because he was a steeplejack, a little, but more because he was a whistler.
British Dictionary definitions for steeplejack
a person trained and skilled in the construction and repair of steeples, chimneys, etc
Word Origin for steeplejack
C19: from steeple + jack 1 (in the sense: a man or fellow)
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Word Origin and History for steeplejack
"one who climbs steeples, chimneys, etc. to make repairs," 1881, from steeple + jack (n.).
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