Origin of shifter

First recorded in 1545–55; shift + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for shifter

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper