Definition of trainspotter in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think this trainspotter is interested in engines, he doesn't note down the numbers of the carriages (but then maybe nobody collects those).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not that he's an avid trainspotter with a penchant for the Mallard or the Flying Scotsman.’
    • ‘I don't expect anyone to understand but it's a bit like a trainspotter suddenly realising bus spotting is fun as well.’
    • ‘Attention trainspotters: Erinsborough is in Zone 2.’
    • ‘This crowd looked like delegates to the annual trainspotters and slot car convention.’
    • ‘For years it has been associated with bearded ramblers and trainspotters more interested in practicality than making a fashion statement.’
    • ‘’I am sure that many former trainspotters will shed a tear as steam bids farewell to Manchester,’ said Dave.’
    • ‘If he got out more, he'd probably be a trainspotter.’
    • ‘An open verdict has been recorded into the death of a trainspotter who died after being hit by a train.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘They'd all think I was a saddo trainspotter, which is not the image I want to convey.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was a super trainspotter, looking at the right charts and mixes.’
      • ‘Basically, though, online critics are votaries, trainspotters, collectors of information.’
      • ‘From a trainspotter's point of view I find it really interesting as well, the historical side of drinks and so forth.’
      • ‘By the time he gets his DVDs on the shelf, impatient Bollywood trainspotters could have been watching them for days.’
      • ‘It's a trainspotter's paradise of top-drawer funk.’
      • ‘It brings out the political trainspotter in him, as he enthuses about the technology and techniques the party is honing.’