Definition of shunter in English:


Line breaks: shunt¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌntə(r)


  • 1A small locomotive used for shunting: the shunters seem to be engaged in a game of hide-and-seek with the trucks
  • 1.1A railway worker engaged in shunting: one of the shunters rode on the engine
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    • Railway shunters, pointsmen, signalmen and yardmasters began an indefinite strike at midnight on August 5, demanding the immediate settlement of salary anomalies.
    • More than 800 railway shunters, signal operators and pointsmen from 10 stations across Sri Lanka struck for 24 hours on May 26 to demand a salary increase.
    • Arthur, now 73 was working as a shunter in the railways and Alma, 69 worked as a credit assistant at the Morses store in Swindon.

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