noun Date: 1851 chiefly Australian drifter; especially one who carries a swag when traveling

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swagman Hotel Manila (Manila) — Swagman Hotel Manila country: Philippines, city: Manila (City) Swagman Hotel Manila Location Located in the heart of Asia s most exciting city, Swagman Hotel Manila is only a 20 minute drive from the airport and is within walking distance from… …   International hotels

  • Swagman Restaurant — The Swagman Restaurant was a restaurant in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Australia, which opened in 1972 and closed in 1991, when it burnt down. The restaurant was famous in Melbourne for its long running television commercials, cabaret shows, and… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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