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derro

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛrəʊ
 
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Definition of derro in English:

noun (plural derros)

Australian /NZ informal
A vagrant, especially one who is dependent on alcohol.
Example sentences
  • He gave me his real name, when he was actually known to locals as ‘Panda’ - one of those local not-so-lovable derros that every town has.
  • You travel invisibly, whirling, blustering, tearing things apart, a vortex in grass flattened out as if a derro's slept there overnight.
  • The only person around was a derro.

Origin

1970s: abbreviation of derelict + -o.

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