Definition of trainspotter in English:

trainspotter

noun

British
  • 1A person who collects train or locomotive numbers as a hobby.

    • ‘An open verdict has been recorded into the death of a trainspotter who died after being hit by a train.’
    • ‘’I am sure that many former trainspotters will shed a tear as steam bids farewell to Manchester,’ said Dave.’
    • ‘Hundreds of trainspotters gathered in Rathmore station at the beginning of July to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Mallow to Killarney rail line in 1853.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘On any given day across England, you'd be guaranteed to see parker'ed people, other wise known as trainspotters, parked atop bridges at train stations feverishly writing down numbers of trains.’
    • ‘Attention trainspotters: Erinsborough is in Zone 2.’
    • ‘I don't expect anyone to understand but it's a bit like a trainspotter suddenly realising bus spotting is fun as well.’
    • ‘If he got out more, he'd probably be a trainspotter.’
    • ‘For years it has been associated with bearded ramblers and trainspotters more interested in practicality than making a fashion statement.’
    • ‘I think this trainspotter is interested in engines, he doesn't note down the numbers of the carriages (but then maybe nobody collects those).’
    • ‘They are greeted with the same excitement as a trainspotter welcomes the sound of an approaching whistle on the Sligo line: ‘You don't get too many of them round here.’’
    • ‘Twelve years ago he combined his love of history and railways - he was a trainspotter as a boy - by going into producing railway nostalgia films.’
    • ‘Not that he's an avid trainspotter with a penchant for the Mallard or the Flying Scotsman.’
    • ‘They'd all think I was a saddo trainspotter, which is not the image I want to convey.’
    • ‘This crowd looked like delegates to the annual trainspotters and slot car convention.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I have spoken to managers at the station and they are quite happy for trainspotters to continue their hobby.’’
    • ‘I am going to have a book called Heroin, and it will be about trainspotters and guys who look out for trains, and there will be no heroin in it.’
    1. 1.1derogatory 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’
      • ‘By the time he gets his DVDs on the shelf, impatient Bollywood trainspotters could have been watching them for days.’
      • ‘It brings out the political trainspotter in him, as he enthuses about the technology and techniques the party is honing.’
      • ‘From a trainspotter's point of view I find it really interesting as well, the historical side of drinks and so forth.’
      • ‘In Britain they are often called trainspotters or anoraks, and their encyclopedic knowledge, singular focus, and endless talking about their hobby often make them bores to be around.’
      • ‘Basically, though, online critics are votaries, trainspotters, collectors of information.’
      • ‘I was a super trainspotter, looking at the right charts and mixes.’
      • ‘It's a trainspotter's paradise of top-drawer funk.’

Pronunciation:

trainspotter

/ˈtreɪnspɒtə/