Definition of trainspotter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtreɪnspɒtə/


1A person who collects train or locomotive numbers as a hobby.
Example sentences
  • She said: ‘I have spoken to managers at the station and they are quite happy for trainspotters to continue their hobby.’
  • Questions begin to appear, such as, are they going to be weird, like trainspotters, (sorry trainspotters, I know it's a dreadful generalisation), and if they are, then what if I fit in!
  • Surrounded by books, pictures, signs and stickers about trains as well as trainspotters, a train set and even train noises, this is a themed restaurant gone crazy.
1.1often derogatory A person who obsessively studies the minutiae of any minority interest or specialized hobby: the idea is to make the music really really collectable so the trainspotters will buy it in their pathetic thousands
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  • From a trainspotter's point of view I find it really interesting as well, the historical side of drinks and so forth.
  • Basically, though, online critics are votaries, trainspotters, collectors of information.
  • It brings out the political trainspotter in him, as he enthuses about the technology and techniques the party is honing.



Pronunciation: /ˈtreɪnspɒtɪŋ/
Example sentences
  • And unlike trainspotting, with our hobby you get to keep warm in winter.
  • And make no mistake: trainspotting is definitely an all-male pastime.
  • It tells the story of the steam locomotive with displays covering model railways, trainspotting and locomotive engineering.

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Line breaks: train|spot¦ter

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