a person or thing that stokes.
a laborer employed to tend and fuel a furnace, especially a furnace used to generate steam, as on a steamship.
Chiefly British. the fireman on a locomotive.
a mechanical device for supplying coal or other solid fuel to a furnace.


Origin of stoker

1650–60; < Dutch, equivalent to stok(en) to stoke1 + -er -er1
Related formsstok·er·less, adjective




Bram [bram] /bræm/Abraham Stoker, 1847–1912, British novelist, born in Ireland: creator of Dracula. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stoker

Contemporary Examples of stoker

Historical Examples of stoker

  • The stoker with whom I was talking was a very intelligent and very advanced individual.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • For two years he was a stoker—on ships of all kinds all over the world.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • An engineman and a stoker were leaning over the bulwark to cool themselves.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • I'd have you to know, Mrs. Stoker, that my uncle was a banister of the law.

  • It was an odd thing to see—the stoker, and the Jek, who did not stand as tall.

    The Stoker and the Stars

    Algirdas Jonas Budrys (AKA John A. Sentry)

British Dictionary definitions for stoker



a person employed to tend a furnace, as on a steamship

Word Origin for stoker

C17: from Dutch, from stoken to stoke



Bram, original name Abraham Stoker. 1847–1912, Irish novelist, author of Dracula (1897)
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Word Origin and History for stoker

1650s, agent noun from stoke (v.).

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