switch·​man ˈswich-mən How to pronounce switchman (audio)
: one who attends a switch (as in a railroad yard)

Examples of switchman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tokyo Station still has a plaque marking the spot where then-Prime Minister Takashi Hara was fatally stabbed on Nov. 4, 1921, by a railway switchman who objected to the government’s policies. WSJ, 8 July 2022 The switchman he was initially accused of killing actually survived, Boyles said. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Five years later, John Brown was accused of severely injuring a switchman on an Illinois Central Railroad train. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Weeks, a clerk at phone company Southern Bell, applied for an open job as a switchman. Bryce Covert, Cosmopolitan, 9 Aug. 2017 Coach Williams’s longtime man Friday, Wayne Walden, a former academic counselor, played switchman, steering basketball players to these classes. Michael Powell, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of switchman was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Switchman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchman. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


switch·​man -mən How to pronounce switchman (audio)
: one who attends a railroad switch
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