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trainman

[treyn-muh n]
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noun, plural train·men.
  1. a member of the crew that operates a railroad train, usually an assistant to the conductor, such as a brakeman or flagman.
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Origin of trainman

1635–45, in sense “member of a trainband”; 1875–80 for current sense; train + -man
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Examples from the Web for trainman

Historical Examples

  • 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