- The definition of a plumber is a professional who installs, repairs or works with pipes and water supplies.
The person who comes and installs your toilet is an example of a plumber.
plumber definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French plummier ; from Classical Latin plumbarius, lead worker ; from plumbum, lead: see plumb
plumber definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One that installs and repairs pipes and plumbing.
- Slang An employee assigned to investigate and stop leaks of sensitive information.
Origin: Middle English plummer, from Old French plomier, from Latin plumbārius, lead worker, from Latin plumbum, lead.Word History: A plumber works with water pipes, once made from lead, with lead solder for the joints. The Romans used lead pipes, and the word plumber comes from the Latin word for lead, plumbum. There is no Latin, or even Indo-European, etymology for plumbum but it bears a distant similarity to the Greek word for lead, the standard form of which, molubdos, gives us the name of another element in the Periodic Table, molybdenum. Two non-standard forms, molibos and especially bolimos, are even more similar to the Latin.