trainspotter

n
British
an unfashionable, excessively earnest, unattractive individual. The phrase, origi-nally referring to hobbyists who collect train numbers, became a vogue term as a synonym for anorak and nerd in the mid-1990s, before being used as the title of Irving Welsh's cult novel, Trainspot-ting.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • trainspotter — [[t]tre͟ɪnspɒtə(r)[/t]] trainspotters also train spotter, train spotter 1) N COUNT A trainspotter is someone who is very interested in trains and spends time going to stations and recording the numbers of the trains that they see. [BRIT] 2) N… …   English dictionary

  • Trainspotter — Ferrovipathe  Pour l œuvre Trainspotting, voir les pages consacrées au roman et au film. Ferrovipathes en bord de voie L …   Wikipédia en Français

  • trainspotter — • a socially inept young male who records useless information about trains such as number and type. The classic trainspotter will have a spiral bound notebook, thermos flask, unfashionable shoulder bag and an anorak. Used as a term of abuse much… …   Londonisms dictionary

  • Trainspotter — Lokfotografen beim Fotografieren Eisenbahnfans aus der Lokführerperspektive Eisenbahnfans (auch Eisenbahnfreunde) sind Personen, die sich in ihrer Freizeit mit dem Thema Eisenbahn beschäftigen und daz …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • trainspotter — ➡ trainspotting * * * …   Universalium

  • trainspotter — noun a) a person whose hobby is train spotting b) an obsessive follower of any minority interest or hobby …   Wiktionary

  • trainspotter — n. person who collects the numbers of railroad locomotives as a hobby; intelligent but boring person (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • trainspotter —    a boring person    Derogatory use of those who have nonintellectual hobbies, such as watching railway operations:     For years people have been going around doing the wally voice for anoraks and trainspotters. (Guardian, 7 October 1994 not… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • trainspotter — noun Brit. 1》 a person who collects locomotive numbers as a hobby. 2》 often derogatory a person who obsessively studies the minutiae of any minority interest or specialized hobby. Derivatives trainspotting noun …   English new terms dictionary

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