swagman
Sundowner Sun"down`er, n. A tramp or vagabond in the Australian bush; -- so called from his coming to sheep stations at sunset of ask for supper and a bed, when it is too late to work; -- called also {traveler} and {swagman} (but not all swagmen are sundowners).

Sundowners, -- men who loaf about till sunset, and then come in with the demand for unrefusable rations. --Francis Adams. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Swagman — Swag man, n. A bushman carrying a swag and traveling on foot; called also {swagsman}, {swagger}, and {swaggie}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Once a jolly swagman sat beside a billabong Under the shade of a coolibah tree. And he sang as he sat and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swagman — [swag′mən] n. pl. swagmen [swag′mən] [with ref. to carrying a SWAG (n. 4a)] Austral. 1. an itinerant worker 2. a tramp …   English World dictionary

  • Swagman — A swagman (also called tussocker) is an old Australian term describing an underclass of transient temporary workers, who travelled by foot from farm to farm carrying the traditional swag. Also characteristic of swagman attire was a hat strung… …   Wikipedia

  • swagman — A person who carries a swag ; an itinerant worker. A swagman usually travelled on foot, carrying a swagon his back. The swag was made up of the necessities of daily life, wrapped in a blanket, often with a billy and pannikin tied to it. The… …   Australian idioms

  • swagman — UK [ˈswæɡmæn] / US noun [countable] Word forms swagman : singular swagman plural swagmen Australian informal a man who has no home and travels around carrying the things that he owns in a bag …   English dictionary

  • swagman — noun Date: 1851 chiefly Australian drifter; especially one who carries a swag when traveling …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swagman — /swag meuhn/, n., pl. swagmen. Australian. 1. a tramp, hobo, or vagabond. 2. anyone who carries a swag while traveling, as a camper or prospector. [1875 80; SWAG2 + MAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • swagman — noun A transient temporary worker, who travels by foot from farm to farm carrying the traditional swag. Syn: sundowner, swaggie, tussocker …   Wiktionary

  • swagman — Synonyms and related words: Arab, Bowery bum, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar, beggarly fellow, blighter, bo, budmash, bum, bummer, caitiff, derelict, devil, dogie, drifter, drunkard, fence, floater, gamin, gamine, good for naught, good for… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Swagman — tramp, hobo; a man who travels the country on foot, and carries his belongings in a swag or bluey …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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