Definition of “drifter” - English Dictionary

“drifter” in English

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drifternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdrɪf.tər/ us /ˈdrɪf.tɚ/ disapproving

drifter noun [ C ] (boat)

a boat for catching fish in nets that float behind it

Examples from literature

  • A casual town, created by drifters, and void of settled purpose. 
  • For she was a child still—only twenty, but she had been in the 'show business' since she was a motherless, fatherless little drifter of sixteen.... 
  • I'm a drifter, sort of. 
  • I'm not just a lounger, a drifter. 
  • What did she care about any of the people about them, aimless, pleasure-hunting drifters like themselves. 

(Definition of “drifter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“drifter” in American English

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drifternoun [ C ]

us /ˈdrɪf·tər/ disapproving

a person who moves from one place to another or from one job to another without any real purpose

(Definition of “drifter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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