drifter

play
noun drift·er \ˈdrif-tər\

Definition of drifter

  1. :  one that drifts; especially :  one that travels or moves about aimlessly

Examples of drifter in a Sentence

  1. He was a drifter who hitchhiked from state to state.

  2. the drifter just packed up and moved on to the next dead-end job

1897

First Known Use of drifter

1897


DRIFTER Defined for English Language Learners

drifter

play
noun drift·er \ˈdrif-tər\

Definition of drifter for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up drifter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!