Definition of drifter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɪftə/


1A person who is continually moving from place to place, without any fixed home or job.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with drifter

grifter, lifter, shifter, sifter, snifter, uplifter
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