drifter

noun
drift·​er | \ ˈdrif-tər \

Definition of drifter

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

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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

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Gone are Bulosan’s pea pickers, drifters and gamblers, hopping freight trains up and down the coast. New York Times, "A Debut Novel Traces the Filipino Experience in the United States," 2 May 2018 According to court records, Miller was a drifter who had been living in the home of a man who picked him up hitch-hiking. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Murder victim’s mother remembers ‘bubbly, happy character’," 28 Nov. 2018 Bible was a drifter with a record of violence in several states when he was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 for a rape in Louisiana. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 But, when drifter Zachary Slade comes into the picture, passions hit the fan and plotting ensues. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Hell in a Handbag announces casting for Charles Ludlam's 'The Artificial Jungle'," 20 June 2018 Bible was a drifter with a record of violence in several states when he was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 for a rape in Louisiana. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Bible was a drifter with a record of violence in several states when he was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 for a rape in Louisiana. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Bible was a drifter with a record of violence in several states when he was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 for a rape in Louisiana. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 The role of family in terrorism It is commonly assumed that those who join extremist groups are struggling with personal crises or are misfits, drifters or disaffected loners. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of drifter

1897, in the meaning defined above

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drifter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drifter

: a person who moves from one place or job to another without a purpose or plan

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