A person, with no real place to call their home. They wander from place to place, sometimes looking for something. Sometimes becuase its the only way to get away from everything that made them become drifters in the first place. We all have our reasons for it.

Drifters move from place to place...once their problems catch up to them, or they've had what fun they can get out of the place they are at, they move on again. They are but simple wanderers, for whatever reasons they have to be one.

Some consider them bottem feeders, just wasting everything from everyone else. Hobo's are often considered drifters. They may be homeless, but hobo's can't get around, or rely on themselves, thus they go to homeless shelters. A drifter may not have a home, but they are self reliant. They live alone, and have to rely only on themselves.

Only when they find a reason to stay somewhere, will they no longer be a drifter.
"Maybe I'll just disappear again. Too many people, and too many problems. And I can't do anything to help."
by DrifterX May 4, 2005
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A person who accepts that they are without a permanent lodging and chooses to travel from place to place with the purpose of not becoming attached to anyone or anywhere thus avoiding commitment and responsibility. Age gender and wealth are not an influence to a genuine 'drifter'.
The itinerary for the drifter is north some days with an open ended no final destination. There are many drifters posting their information on Facebook. The true purest drifters don't need handouts our couches to surf at friends places. They make they way with useful skills.
by Kaaahi January 28, 2015
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1) someone who doesn't conform to normal social standards, or who picks bits and pieces off from different cliques to create their own

2) someone who drifts in and out of social conversation within a group of people

3) someone who drifts back and forth from reality and fantasy. (they are usually quiet and observant)
it will be hard to hold her attention, after all, she has always been a drifter.
by leoncat July 4, 2014
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a person who intenionally breaks rear tire traction while cornering, usually following the racing line. This is someone who drifts, see drifting
Wow, look at that drifter in that DB9!
by GTP_TunerFocus July 28, 2010
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A person who drifts from place to place, homeless wanderer. Is in search of a new place to live for a while, and then drifts off to another. Simialer to a nomad, only a drifer is usally a hobo.
We saw a drifter on the train tracks with a bag, heading east.
by Britney April 10, 2004
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A person who is in search for something he or she is in need of.
Poor John, ever since he was kicked out of his house, he's been a drifter...
by Justin May 1, 2002
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One who breaks the traction limit to the rear tires while turning to achieve a faster entry speed and exit speed.
"Wow, look at that Nissan 240sx! He must be a drifter..."
by Stinky-180 February 12, 2004
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