from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A railway locomotive used for shunting; a switcher
  • n. A person who carries out shunting operations

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person employed to shunt cars from one track to another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which shunts; specifically, a railway-servant whose duty it is to move the switches which transfer a train or carriage from one line to another.
  • n. A hand-lever used to start and move a railroad-car.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small locomotive used to move cars around but not to make trips


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He was shunting locos in the yard at Wembley one night accompanied by the shunter.

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  • Rachel did this by 'herself' with the shunter watching - when 'she' had finished 'she' said to the shunter testily "If you had been a gentleman you would have done that for me." to which the shunter said "And if you had been a lady I would have done."

    Happy Valentines Day I Don`t Think

  • The poor shunter - he's the one who has to go home and explain the love-bites to his missus.

    A Fire Raging in Islington

  • Maltomeetim, alltomatetam, when a tale tarries shome shunter shove on.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Hear the sheer drag of scythe on metal the shunter makes at the curve of the viaduct while, with elongated wail, rolls three spoil-wagons to the hollow hill.


  • On throwing the handle over, and against the end of the wagon, the crank moves over and below the center, lifting up the catch into a position out of range of action, and from this position it cannot fall except it is released by the shunter.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 601, July 9, 1887

  • Andrew's tutorage I had learned to distinguish the rumble of a "goods" from the rush of a "passenger," a two-engine haul from a single, and even the heavy voice of the big old "shunter" that lived about the

    Some Everyday Folk and Dawn

  • I'm some shunter myself; but I dip the colors to Aunty: she does it so neat and sudden!

    Torchy, Private Sec.

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  • Samta, who is the only woman, will too have to go through the defined hierarchy of assistant loco pilot, shunter, goods loco pilot, passenger loco pilot and then Mail/Express loco pilot.

    The Times of India


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