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nounplural noun motormen

  • The driver of an electric vehicle, especially a streetcar or subway train.

    ‘Travelling on the tram was a sociable activity as the same conductors and motormen were on the same timetable most days.’
    • ‘They had a conductor and a motorman: a motorman to drive it, and a conductor to collect fares and announce the stops.’
    • ‘Instead of a motorman and conductor there will only be motormen.’
    • ‘Our train sat in Hoboken just long enough for the motorman and conductor to change ends, and then we were off once more.’
    • ‘And how do you think the public should treat the motormen and conductors, some of whom they're very angry with after three days off?’
    • ‘Fifty-year-old Harry Kelly is one of these 380 motormen.’
    • ‘It's the 134-year tradition of flaunting one rule - ‘Passengers should not talk to the motorman/gripman while the car is in motion’.’
    • ‘The motorman tries to contact his command center, but his radio has hit one of the system's ‘dead spots’, so he gets no signal.’
    • ‘At the inquiry the motorman stated that as he approached the station, the signalman waved him in with the green flag.’
    • ‘Craighead predicted serious problems in systematic enforcement of the ordinance because conductors and motormen were allowed to use their own discretion in seating passengers.’
    • ‘She would look at the cases of motormen, conductors, station cleaners and track workers and ask me, ‘Why do you only live a couple of years after you leave this place?’’
    • ‘Simon Gray, a motorman, said: ‘We are underpaid.’’
    • ‘A childhood buddy of mine, who is a motorman, told me of these problems when I asked him why the trip to Manhattan appeared to take longer than when I used to take the trains to Manhattan in my adolescence.’
    • ‘At first he had been employed as a motorman, but from the summer of 1992 he had been engaged as 3rd engineer.’
    • ‘We stood for a short while on the platform to allow the motorman to change ends.’



/ˈmōdərˌman/ /ˈmoʊdərˌmæn/