- 1shunt something to move a train or a coach/car of a train from one track to another See related entries: Railway tracks and stations
- 2shunt somebody/something + adv./prep. (usually disapproving) to move somebody/something to a different place, especially a less important one John was shunted sideways to a job in sales. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘move suddenly aside’): perhaps from shun.
BrE BrE//ʃʌnt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shunt
BrE BrE//ʃʌnt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnt//he / she / it shunts
BrE BrE//ʃʌnts//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnts//past simple shunted
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌntɪd//past participle shunted
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌntɪd//-ing form shunting
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌntɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌntɪŋ//Railway tracks and stations