- a tramp, hobo, or vagabond.
- anyone who carries a swag while traveling, as a camper or prospector.
Origin of swagman
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Examples from the Web for swagman
The swagman turned slowly and regarded cabby with a quiet grin.While the Billy Boils
A swagman who has important private business with me is a rara avis.The Childerbridge Mystery
The existence of the swagman is the happiest vagrant's life in the world.Tramping on Life
Well, the only thing left to tell you is where the swagman came in.A Little Bush Maid
Mary Grant Bruce
A swagman had happened to call at the station that morning; he asked for work and then for tucker.Children of the Bush
- Australian and NZ informal a labourer who carries his personal possessions in a pack or swag while travelling about in search of work; vagrant workerAlso called: swagger, swaggie
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