noun, plural firemen.
a person employed to extinguish or prevent fires; firefighter.
a person employed to tend fires; stoker.
a person employed to fire and lubricate a steam locomotive.
a person employed to assist the engineer of a diesel or electric locomotive.
U.S. Navy. an enlisted person assigned to the care and operation of a ship's machinery.
British Mining. fire boss.
Baseball. relief pitcher.

1620–30 for sense “gunner”; fire + -man

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fireman (ˈfaɪəmən)
n , pl -men
1.  Gender-neutral form: firefighter a man who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer
2.  a.  (on steam locomotives) the man who stokes the fire and controls the injectors feeding water to the boiler
 b.  (on diesel and electric locomotives) the driver's assistant
3.  a man who tends furnaces; stoker
4.  Also called: deputy, US equivalent: fire boss a mine official responsible for safety precautions
5.  (US) navy a junior rating who works on marine engineering equipment
6.  informal any employee who is dispatched to deal with trouble at short notice

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., tender of a fire, from fire + man. As "person hired to put out (rather than tend) fires" is from 1714.
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Example sentences for firemen
In the meantime, the mob stood by silently, and did nothing to hinder the firemen.
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