[ shuhnt ]
/ ʃʌnt /

verb (used with object)



Electricity. being, having, or operating by means of a shunt: a shunt circuit; a shunt generator.

Origin of shunt

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English schunten, shonten to shy (said of horses); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; akin to shun

Related forms

shunt·er, nounun·shunt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shunter

  • I'm some shunter myself; but I dip the colors to Aunty: she does it so neat and sudden!

  • "There'll be some soft jobs going—then," murmured a shunter, who was getting on in years, reflectively.

  • This one was a shunter, another was a carpenter, a third was a waggon-builder, and so on.

British Dictionary definitions for shunter (1 of 2)


/ (ˈʃʌntə) /


a small railway locomotive used for manoeuvring coaches rather than for making journeys

British Dictionary definitions for shunter (2 of 2)


/ (ʃʌnt) /



Word Origin for shunt

C13: perhaps from shunen to shun
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Medicine definitions for shunter


[ shŭnt ]


A passage between two natural body channels, such as blood vessels, especially one created surgically to divert or permit flow from one pathway or region to another; a bypass.
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