English

Definition of trainspotting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trainspotting

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtreɪnspɒtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtreɪnspɑːtɪŋ//
     
    [uncountable] (British English)
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1the activity of collecting the numbers of railway engines as a hobby Culture Trainspotting is a hobby in Britain, popular mainly with boys but also with some adult men. It involves going to places where trains can be seen, especially railway stations, and collecting the numbers of railway engines they see by writing them down. People sometimes make fun of this hobby and the people who do it because they think it is a boring and ridiculous thing to do
  2. 2(disapproving) detailed work that other people think is boring There’s an element of trainspotting in any specialist field.

Other results

All matches