AskDefine | Define fireman

Dictionary Definition



1 play in which children take the roles of firemen and pretend to put out a fire
2 a laborer who tends fires (as on a coal-fired train or steamship) [syn: stoker]
3 a pitcher who does not start the game [syn: reliever, relief pitcher]
4 a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires [syn: firefighter, fire fighter, fire-eater]

User Contributed Dictionary



From English fire + (hu)man


  1. A person who is skilled in the work of fighting fire.
  2. A fireman that is of the male sex (see usage note).
  3. A man who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler (originally, shoveling coal by hand), particularly on a railroad locomotive.
  4. By extension of the above, an assistant on any locomotive, whether steam-powered or not.
  5. A relief pitcher.

Usage notes

Fireman and its plural are usually used to refer to all firefighters. For a female firefighter, firewoman or firefighter is sometimes preferred.


  • Chinese: 消防员/消防員 (xiaofangyun)
  • Dutch: brandweerman
  • Esperanto: fajroestingisto
  • Finnish: palomies
  • French: pompier
  • German: Feuerwehrmann
  • Greek: πυροσβέστης
  • Hungarian: tűzoltó
  • Italian: vigile del fuoco
  • Japanese: 消防士 (shōbōshi)
  • Korean: 기관병 (gigwanbyeong)
  • Latin: vigil ignis nom., vigilis ignis gen.
  • Norwegian: brannkonstabel, brannmann
  • Polish: strażak
  • Portuguese: bombeiro
  • Spanish: bombero
male fireman
  • Finnish: palomies
  • Norwegian: brannmann
man who keeps the fire going underneath a steam boiler
  • Finnish: lämmittäjä
  • Norwegian: fyrbøter
assistant on any locomotive
  • Finnish: lämmittäjä
  • Finnish: syöttäjä

Extensive Definition

Fireman may refer to:
In entertainment:
fireman in French: Fireman

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

baggage man, bakehead, black gang, boilerman, brakeman, brakie, bungs, butcher, cabin boy, chips, commissary steward, complement, conductor, deckhand, deckie, dispatcher, fire brigade, fire department, fire fighter, fire warden, fire-chaser, fire-eater, footplate man, forest fire fighter, guard, gun loader, gunner, hand, hospital steward, landing signalman, lineman, mail orderly, navigator, oiler, porter, purser, radio operator, railroad man, railroader, redcap, roustabout, smoke agent, smokechaser, smokejumper, snip, snips, sparks, stationmaster, steward, stewardess, stoker, switchman, torpedoman, trainboy, trainman, trainmaster, vamp, volunteer fireman, watch, yardman, yardmaster, yeoman
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