1 [soo-er]
an artificial conduit, usually underground, for carrying off waste water and refuse, as in a town or city.
verb (used with object)
to provide or equip with sewers: a tax increase necessary to sewer the neighborhood.

1375–1425; late Middle English suer(e) < dialectal Old French se(u)wiere overflow channel (compare Old French ess(e)ouer(e) ditch) < Latin *exaquāria drain for carrying water off, equivalent to Latin ex- ex- + aqu(a) water + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary; see sew2, -er2

sewerless, adjective
sewerlike, adjective Unabridged


2 [soh-er]
a person or thing that sews.

1350–1400; Middle English; see sew1, -er1


3 [soo-er]
a former household officer or head servant in charge of the service of the table.

1300–50; Middle English, aphetic < Anglo-French asseour seater, equivalent to Old French asse(oir) to seat (< Latin assidēre to attend upon; see assiduous) + -our -or2 Unabridged
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sewer1 (ˈsuːə)
1.  a drain or pipe, esp one that is underground, used to carry away surface water or sewage
2.  (tr) to provide with sewers
[C15: from Old French esseveur, from essever to drain, from Vulgar Latin exaquāre (unattested), from Latin ex-1 + aqua water]

sewer2 (ˈsəʊə)
a person or thing that sews

sewer3 (ˈsuːə)
(in medieval England) a servant of high rank in charge of the serving of meals and the seating of guests
[C14: shortened from Anglo-French asseour, from Old French asseoir to cause to sit, from Latin assidēre, from sedēre to sit]

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Word Origin & History

"conduit," 1402, from Anglo-Fr. sewere, O.N.Fr. sewiere "sluice from a pond" (13c.), lit. "something that makes water flow," from aphetic form of Gallo-Romance *exaquaria (cf. M.Fr. esseveur), from L. ex- "out" + aquaria, fem. of aquarius "pertaining to water," from aqua "water."
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Example sentences
The guy running the snake down our sewer looks matter-of-fact.
The story begins with an exploding sewer and a manhole cover flying through the
  air which cuts off the head of a priest.
Thus, they found that the clay pipe leading from my house to the city sewer
  line had been severed.
In winter, pools of water form slippery ponds of ice leaking from the ruptured
  water and sewer lines.
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