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pumper

[puhm-per] /ˈpʌm pər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that pumps.
2.
a fire truck specially equipped to pump water at the site of a fire.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; pump1 + -er1
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Examples from the web for pumper
  • We suggest you locate your septic tank before calling the pumper.
  • It is a detachable horse-drawn fire pumper with the original paint.
  • The back-up pumper was used to boost water pressure to the primary pumper from which the lines were run.
  • The pumper fire trucks have been needed for more than a year.
Word Origin and History for pumper
n.

1650s, agent noun from pump (v.). As "fire engine that pumps water," by 1915.

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