Definition of drifter in English:

drifter

Line breaks: drift¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈdrɪftə
 
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noun

  • 1A person who is continually moving from place to place, without any fixed home or job.
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    • Her songs are peopled with drifters, ramblers, old lovers.
    • It's difficult for me to believe a transient, a drifter comes in off the street - the alarm doesn't go off, the dog doesn't bark, nobody screams, she goes back to get her shoes, leaves without a trace.
    • These young drifters will wander in a spiritual wilderness for six, eight, ten, or twelve years and return to participate in faith life when they get married or have a child.
    Synonyms
    wanderer, traveller, transient, roamer, tramp, vagabond, vagrant, person of no fixed abode; North American hobo
    Australian/New Zealand informal derro
  • 2A fishing boat equipped with a drift net.
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    • Other chapters in this informative book cover the drift-net; trawling in the west coast of Scotland lochs; the Scottish east coast fishers in the days of sail; steam drifters and more recent fishing methods.
    • U-boats were attacked by aircraft, airships, Q-ships, mines, drifters, Naval vessels (including submarines) and merchant ships.
    • He was rescued in turn by a trawler, a drifter and a British destroyer - twice employing his pigeons.

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