Definitions

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  • n. swagman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A swagman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as swagman, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work

Etymologies

swag +‎ -ie (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She said she would; but a heavy-weight "swaggie" could have come in and sat on her and had a smoke without waking her.

    Over the Sliprails

  • Some terms had (and have) a limited lifespan, but no word once printed is ever lost from the language entirely, and shortlived expressions are often significant markers of a particular historical era ( 'swaggie', 'six o'clock swill', 'Rogernomics').

    Book & Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in New Zealand

  • Once a jolly jumbuck camped by a billabong under the shade of a swaggie it seems and he sang and he watched while Conzinc mined uranium

    John Howard's glowing futures

  • Had it not been for the horse and the dogs he might have hoped for a swaggie or some down-and-out wayfarer caught, trapped.

    The Thorn Birds

  • The meaning here may be that the swaggie spends much of his time in jail.

    With My Swag Upon My Shoulder

  • To go "on the wallaby" or "on the wallaby track" or to "hump the drum" is to travel outback as a swaggie or sundowner, ie a tramp or itinerant worker.

    Australia's on the Wallaby

  • "He's certainly not the ordinary swaggie," Norah said slowly.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • He landed the swaggie first with one fist and then with the other, and the swaggie reckoned he'd been struck by a thunderbolt when they fished him out of the creek, where he had rolled!

    A Little Bush Maid

  • "Some poor old beggar of a swaggie, I expect," Jim said.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • "Of course, a beaten track to your camp would be nothing more or less than an invitation to any swaggie or black fellow to follow it up."

    A Little Bush Maid

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