Definition of bindlestiff in English:


Line breaks: bindle|stiff
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪnd(ə)lstɪf


US informal
A tramp.
More example sentences
  • The bindlestiffs of that era had a very strong network and used their unified power to demand fair wages and social treatment.
  • From their own point of view, the critics were right: Rhode Island was a cesspool of malcontents, outcasts, bindlestiffs and religious mavericks who were welcome nowhere else.
  • From 1919 to 1925, when he finally left Stanford without taking a degree, Steinbeck dropped in and out of the University, sometimes to work closely with migrants and bindlestiffs on California ranches.


early 20th century: probably from an alteration of bundle + stiff (in the sense 'useless person').

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