One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who fits and repairs the pipes, fittings, and other apparatus of water supply, sanitation, or heating systems.
- ‘Hundreds of jobs are expected to be created for local joiners, plumbers, painters and electricians.’
- ‘You can buy it in a kit, but you will need a plumber to help you connect the system to the boiler.’
- ‘He told me that the plumber will need to turn off the water for about an hour to fix it.’
- ‘The council agreed to obtain plumbers ' quotes to install a washbasin.’
- ‘The only good news is that there should no longer be a shortage of traditional tradesmen such as plumbers and electricians.’
- ‘Four plumbers have told me that the main line is clogged with roots, and they want thousands of dollars to replace it.’
- ‘It became apparent there was too much water for the plumber to pump away, so the fire brigade was called in.’
- ‘The thaw after heavy snowfall meant that plumbers were inundated with calls to repair burst pipes.’
- ‘You also have to hire electricians and plumbers to complete the house's services.’
- ‘When the plumber fitted the new central heating/water system he fitted a manual shower mixer tap for us.’
- ‘At the moment, the Council's plumbers install and maintain all the Council's water meters.’
- ‘The pipe is completely intact and judged by both plumbers to be in excellent condition for its age.’
- ‘On Saturday, just before the water went off, our plumber Geoff came round and disconnected it and fixed the pipes.’
- ‘You are unlikely to be able to fit your sink yourself, as a plumber needs to connect the pipework.’
- ‘A plumber will do this by applying force to a copper pipe in a pipe bender.’
- ‘So the plumber has gone to the hardware store for supplies and will be returning soon.’
Late Middle English (originally denoting a person dealing in and working with lead): from Old French plommier, from Latin plumbarius, from plumbum ‘lead’.
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