fireman etymology

English word fireman comes from English fire, English -man

Detailed word origin of fireman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
fire English (eng) (farriery) to cauterize. (intransitive) to shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon. (intransitive, computer sciences, software engineering) to initiate an event (by means of an event handler). (intransitive, dated) to be irritated or inflamed with passion. (intransitive, dated) to catch fire; to be kindled. (intransitive, physiology) to cause an action potential in a cell. (transitive) to [...]
-man English (eng) In certain cases, someone (implied male) who derives from a particular nationality.. Someone (implied male) who has special characteristics relating to a topic or area.. Someone (implied male) who is an expert in an area.. Someone (implied male) who is employed or holds a position in an area.
fireman English (eng) (baseball) A relief pitcher.. (firefighting) Someone (implied male) who is skilled in the work of fighting fire.. (mining, historical) A safety inspector in coal mines.. (rail transport) A man who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler (originally, shoveling coal by hand), particularly on a railroad locomotive.. (rail transport) By extension of the above, an assistant on any [...]

Words with the same origin as fireman

Descendants of -man
bowman businessman cameraman cartman chairman congressman councilman doorman fisherman freeman gunman handyman hangman hitman madman milkman policeman postman salesman sandman seaman snowman watchman wingman