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[lok-smith] /ˈlɒkˌsmɪθ/
a person who makes or repairs locks and keys.
Origin of locksmith
1200-50; Middle English loksmith (first attested as surname). See lock1, smith
Related forms
locksmithery, noun
locksmithing, noun Unabridged
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  • Will you, for No. 49, do the locksmith's house, which was described in No. 48?

  • She resisted an impulse to say that she had broken the key in the lock and to send for the locksmith.

  • She asked him sharply why he had not brought the locksmith to open the street door as well as that of the wardrobe?

    Popular Tales Madame Guizot
  • Acting on this hint, the locksmith prepared to take his leave.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The business of a thorough-bred sailor is a special calling, as much of a regular trade as a carpenter's or locksmith's.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
  • If ever man were sorely puzzled and perplexed, the locksmith was, that night.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • "I hope it won't be needful to call in the locksmith again, Parfitt," said the master.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • The locksmith paused for a moment in the excess of his astonishment, and then gave chase.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for locksmith


a person who makes or repairs locks
Derived Forms
locksmithery, locksmithing, noun
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Word Origin and History for locksmith

early 13c., from lock (n.1) + smith.

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