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drifter

[ drif-ter ]
/ ˈdrɪf tər /
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noun

a person or thing that drifts.
a person who goes from place to place, job to job, etc., remaining in each for a short period.
Also called drift boat . a boat used in fishing with a drift net.

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Origin of drifter

First recorded in 1860–65; drift + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for drifter

drifter
/ (ˈdrɪftə) /

noun

a person or thing that drifts
a person who moves aimlessly from place to place, usually without a regular job
a boat used for drift-net fishing
nautical a large jib of thin material used in light breezes
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