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n. Australian
A man who seeks casual work while traveling about carrying his swag.


(ˈswæɡˌmæn; -mən)
n, pl -men
informal Austral and NZ a labourer who carries his personal possessions in a pack or swag while travelling about in search of work; vagrant worker. Also called: swagger or swaggie


(ˈswæg mən)

n., pl. -men. Australian.
1. a tramp or vagabond.
2. anyone who carries a swag while traveling.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swagman - an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of workswagman - an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
Australia, Commonwealth of Australia - a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
gipsy, gypsy, itinerant - a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment; "itinerant traders"
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Past examinations of masculine narratives within Australia outline the creation, maintenance and re-embodiment of the Australian male identity through tropes such as the swagman (eg: Lake, 98; Lawson, 557; Moore, 'Colonial Manhood' 35; Ward, 53), the lifesaver-surfer (eg: Booth, 24; Evers, 'Men Who Surf' 27; Evers, 'The Point' 893; Henderson, 'A Shifting' 321; Henderson, 'Some Tales' 70; Pearson, 5; Saunders, 96;) and the ANZAC (eg: Donoghue and Tranter, 3; Page, 193).
In the fourth minute, Hibbard had a sickening clash of heads with George Smith that left the Aussie staggering to the touchline like a swagman who'd drunk too much grog.
The dangers of the bush were also present in early-settler poetry with Paterson's Waltzing Matilda and Lawson's Andy's Gone With Cattle Now depicting, respectively, the suicide of a thieving swagman, and a family suffering from overwork, illness and threats from squatters in the absence of their only young, virile male defender.
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