Noun. Generally a usually intelligent but particularly anally retentive person; the person may be obsessed with trivia or have a keen interest in collecting particular objects or data, such as trainspotting, stamp collecting etc. Originates from the much ridiculed hobby of rail enthusiasts, trainspotting, the viewing and taking note of trains from station platforms. The expression was popular on the club scene at which a trainspotterwill be seen watching DJ's, spotting which tracks are played and gleaning knowledge on the music for future reference. Derog. Cf 'anorak' and 'nerd'.

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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