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shifter

[shif-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that shifts.
  2. Informal. shift lever.

Origin of shifter

First recorded in 1545–55; shift + -er1
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n.

1550s, "one who shifts" in any way; agent noun from shift (v.). As a mechanical contrivance, from 1869; specifically of the gear-changing mechanism in a motor-vehicle, from 1910.

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