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1959 (train spotter attested from 1958), chiefly British English, in reference to the hobby of recording the numbers of the locomotives one has observed; see train (n.) in the railroad sense + spot (v.).

Nearby words

trainmaster, trainpipe, trainshed, trainsick, trainspotterish, trainspotting, traipse, trait, traitor, traitoress, traitorous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for trainspotting

  • Then, he singled out Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting as “glorifying” drug use.

    The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • Trainspotting had to be reedited and partially redubbed for its American release back in 1996.