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drifter

[drif-ter] /ˈdrɪf tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that drifts.
2.
a person who goes from place to place, job to job, etc., remaining in each for a short period.
3.
Also called drift boat. a boat used in fishing with a drift net.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; drift + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for drift boat

drifter

/ˈdrɪftə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that drifts
2.
a person who moves aimlessly from place to place, usually without a regular job
3.
a boat used for drift-net fishing
4.
(nautical) a large jib of thin material used in light breezes
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Word Origin and History for drift boat

drifter

n.

1864, as a mining term; 1883, "boat fishing with drift-nets;" agent noun from drift (v.). Meaning "vagrant" is from 1908.

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Slang definitions & phrases for drift boat

drifter

noun

A derelict; BUM (1908+) drift off track

verb phrase

To deviate from proper conduct: I sometimes drift off track a bit, but I really try to do what is right (1970s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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