bindle stiff
noun Date: 1897 hobo; especially one who carries his clothes or bedding in a bundle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bindle stiff — noun hobos, misfits, criminals, wanderers or drifting harvest workers; so called because they carry a bindle Quotation: used in Of Mice and Men …   Wiktionary

  • bindle stiff — bin′dle stiff [[t]ˈbɪn dl[/t]] n. sts a hobo • Etymology: 1895–1900, amer.; bindlea hobo s bundle (obscurely akin to bundle) +stiff …   From formal English to slang

  • bindle stiff — Slang. a hobo. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • bindle stiff — noun slang : a transient usually carrying a bundle (as of clothing or bedding): as a. : a migratory worker b. : tramp, hobo * * * Slang. a hobo. [1900 05] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bindle — (from German das Bündel = bundle, bale ) is a term used to describe the bag, sack, or carrying device stereotypically used by the (commonly American) sub culture of hobos. The person carrying a bindle was called a , combining bindle with the… …   Wikipedia

  • bin|dle|stiff — «BIHN duhl STIHF», noun. U.S. Slang. = hobo. (Cf. ↑hobo) ╂[American English < bindle] …   Useful english dictionary

  • hobo — n 1. tramp, vagrant, beachcomber, vagabond, derelict, Dial. bawky, street Arab; Inf. bum, Sl. vag, Sl. bo, Sl. stiff, Sl. bindle stiff, Sl. canvas back. 2. migrant or migrant worker, Usu. Disparaging.Okie, drifter, Inf. floater, transient, fly by …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • ragamuffin — n 1. tatterdemalion, scarecrow; beggar, panhandler, guttersnipe; hobo, tramp, vagrant, beachcomber, vagabond, derelict; Inf. bum, Sl. vag, Sl. bo, Sl. stiff, Sl. bindle stiff, Sl. canvasback. 2. orphan, waif, street Arab, gutter urchin, gamin,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • tatterdemalion — n ragamuffin, scarecrow; beggar, panhandler, guttersnipe; hobo, tramp, vagrant, beachcomber, vagabond, derelict, Inf. bum, Sl. vag, Sl. bo, Sl. stiff, Sl. bindle stiff, Sl. canvasback; waif, street Arab, gutter urchin, gamin, mudlark …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • tramp — v 1. tread or walk heavily, trudge, march, plod, plow, mush; hoof, stump; walk, step, pace, shuffle, stride. 2.Usu. tramp on or upon trample, stamp, stomp, step on, tread on, squash, crush, Dial. squish. 3. hike, trek, traipse, saunter; ramble,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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