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[moh-ter-muh n] /ˈmoʊ tər mən/
noun, plural motormen.
a person who operates or drives an electrically operated vehicle, as a streetcar or subway train.
a person who operates a motor.
Origin of motorman
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; motor + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the mob determined to stop the car, and ordered the motorman to halt.

    Mob Rule in New Orleans Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • But we're busy with the instruments; leave the motorman alone!

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • The motorman set his teeth hard, and rang the gong loudly, insistently.

    The Bishop's Shadow I. T. Thurston
  • The motorman had stopped his car and had run back to the scene with the conductor.

  • Theodore glanced up into the grave face of the speaker and recognised him as a motorman.

    The Bishop's Shadow I. T. Thurston
  • The motorman ducks his head, humps his shoulders, and grins.

  • Evidently they had not noticed the dangerous position of the carriage, and now the motorman started the car forward.

    The Bishop's Shadow I. T. Thurston
  • The motorman telegraphed appealingly to the company's lawyer.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • The motorman was doing his best to stop the car, but the rails were slippery and it was easily seen that he could not do it.

  • Seemed to know everybody on the car—even the motorman and conductor.

    The Comings of Cousin Ann Emma Speed Sampson
British Dictionary definitions for motorman


noun (pl) -men
the driver of an electric train
the operator of a motor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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