[swag-muh n]

noun, plural swag·men. Australian.

a tramp, hobo, or vagabond.
anyone who carries a swag while traveling, as a camper or prospector.

Origin of swagman

First recorded in 1875–80; swag2 + -man
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Examples from the Web for swagman

Historical Examples of swagman

  • The swagman turned slowly and regarded cabby with a quiet grin.

  • A swagman who has important private business with me is a rara avis.

  • The existence of the swagman is the happiest vagrant's life in the world.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for swagman


noun plural -men

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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