1. a person employed to make and repair boilers or other heavy metal items.
  2. whiskey with beer as a chaser.


  1. a person who works with metal in heavy industry; plater or welder
  2. British slang a beer drink consisting of half of draught mild and half of bottled brown ale
  3. US slang a drink of whisky followed by a beer chaser

“a maker of boilers for engines,” 1814, from boiler (n.) + maker. Meaning “shot of whiskey with a glass of beer” is short for boilermaker’s delight (1910), strong cheap whiskey, so called in jest from the notion that it would clean the scales from the interior of a boiler.

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