Part of speech: verb
Origin: Middle English
Push or shove (someone or something).
Direct or divert (someone or something) to a less important place or position.
Examples of Shunt in a sentence
"The unused dishes will be shunted to the side once the buffet ends."
"The applicants with less experience were shunted to the bottom of the resume pile."
Popularity Over Time
In the sense of "move suddenly aside," it's believed this Middle English word evolved from "shun," which in Old English meant to seek safety from an enemy.
Did you Know?
The verb "to shunt" can be applied to moving anything aside, but the main usage of it used to be directly related to trains. "To shunt" means to push or pull a train, or part of a train, from the main line to a side track.