[moh-ter-muh n]
noun, plural mo·tor·men.
  1. a person who operates or drives an electrically operated vehicle, as a streetcar or subway train.
  2. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for motorman


noun plural -men
  1. the driver of an electric train
  2. the operator of a motor
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