What is the difference between a drifter and a transient?
Question #119692. Asked by star_gazer.
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reedy Moderator 21 year member
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From the definitions and links below, it appears that the difference is that a drifter doesn't have work, while a transient typically moves because of work
A vagabond or "drifter" is an itinerant person. Such people may be called drifters, tramps, rogues, hobos or jorie. A vagabond is characterized by almost continuous traveling, lacking a fixed home, temporary abode, or permanent residence. ...