[treyn-muh n]

noun, plural train·men.

a member of the crew that operates a railroad train, usually an assistant to the conductor, such as a brakeman or flagman.


Origin of trainman

1635–45, in sense “member of a trainband”; 1875–80 for current sense; train + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trainman

Historical Examples of trainman

  • The trainman, a sober-faced fellow, answered dryly, “All I had.”

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • "For a little while, I'm afraid," replied the trainman diplomatically.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • His name was Hessler and his rescuer was a trainman named Carney.

    The Johnstown Horror

    James Herbert Walker

  • "Any time and place you like, if you've got the chow with you," replied the trainman.

  • The trainman seized the box, swung it to the door, and tipped it forward.

    The Young Railroaders

    Francis Lovell Coombs