drift·​er | \ ˈdrif-tər How to pronounce drifter (audio) \

Definition of drifter

: one that drifts especially : one that travels or moves about aimlessly

Examples of drifter in a Sentence

He was a drifter who hitchhiked from state to state. the drifter just packed up and moved on to the next dead-end job
Recent Examples on the Web After taking a job on a farm run by a reclusive woman, a drifter begins suffering from visions of men trapped inside the bodies of animals. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 Walsh’s six-year-old son was murdered in Florida in 1981, and in 2008 Ottis Toole, the Florida drifter with whom Bourgoin joked about barbecue sauce, was posthumously recognized as the child’s murderer. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 It’s a hammock, a drifter, a chair or even a piece of exercise equipment if that’s your kind of thing. Kathleen Walsh, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 Among the group was Bates, a 28-year-old, one-eyed drifter from Alabama. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2022 The photo in question is a black and white still from Thelma & Louise, the film which gave Pitt one of his earliest breakout roles as the drifter JD. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 23 Apr. 2022 Martín will play a drifter in search of answers to a mystery from her past, who takes on a job in the countryside looking after a sick teen. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 While working at a carnival, the drifter befriends clairvoyant Madame Zeena (Toni Collette) and her husband, Pete (David Strathairn). Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 19 Mar. 2022 Returning home, Médéric is asked for money by Selim (Iliès Kadri, in an eye-catching film debut), a young Arab drifter who cannily plays on both the older man’s paranoid suspicion over his ethnicity and his white guilt over that very mistrust. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drifter

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drifter was in 1897

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22 May 2022

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“Drifter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drifter. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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