Etymology
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shifter (n.)

1550s, "one who shifts" in any way; agent noun from shift (v.). As a mechanical contrivance used for shifting, from 1869; specifically of the gear-changing mechanism in a motor-vehicle by 1915 (short for gear-shifter, 1910). It was also formerly the name of a ship's cook's assistant whose job, among other work, was shifting the salt provisions (1704).

updated on August 23, 2022

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