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stoker

[stoh-ker] /ˈstoʊ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that stokes.
2.
a laborer employed to tend and fuel a furnace, especially a furnace used to generate steam, as on a steamship.
3.
Chiefly British. the fireman on a locomotive.
4.
a mechanical device for supplying coal or other solid fuel to a furnace.
Origin of stoker
1650-1660
1650-60; < Dutch, equivalent to stok(en) to stoke1 + -er -er1
Related forms
stokerless, adjective

Stoker

[stoh-ker] /ˈstoʊ kər/
noun
1.
Bram
[bram] /bræm/ (Show IPA),
(Abraham Stoker) 1847–1912, British novelist, born in Ireland: creator of Dracula.
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  • Nobby, as Adam called him after that, was a silent preacher to the stoker.

  • The stoker with whom I was talking was a very intelligent and very advanced individual.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Smith raised a hand as if he would strike the boy whose finger-tips were resting on the stoker's shoulder.

  • An engineman and a stoker were leaning over the bulwark to cool themselves.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • For all answer Neill turned to his troops, and told them to hold the engine driver and stoker till the company was seated.

    The Red Book of Heroes Leonora Blanche Lang
British Dictionary definitions for stoker

stoker

/ˈstəʊkə/
noun
1.
a person employed to tend a furnace, as on a steamship
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch, from stoken to stoke

Stoker

/ˈstəʊkə/
noun
1.
Bram, original name Abraham Stoker. 1847–1912, Irish novelist, author of Dracula (1897)
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Word Origin and History for stoker

1650s, agent noun from stoke (v.).

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