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nounPlural derrosNZ, Australian
A vagrant, especially one who is dependent on alcohol.
tramp, drifter, down-and-out, derelict, beggar, itinerant, wanderer, nomad, wayfarer, traveller, gypsy, rover, vagabond, transient, migrant, homeless person, beachcomber, person of no fixed abode, person of no fixed address, knight of the road, bird of passage, rolling stoneView synonyms
- ‘I poured a tumbler and forced myself to sip it, hand shaking like a derro, fighting back the gag reflex with the power of my mind.’
- ‘The only person around was a derro.’
- ‘You travel invisibly, whirling, blustering, tearing things apart, a vortex in grass flattened out as if a derro's slept there overnight.’
- ‘He gave me his real name, when he was actually known to locals as ‘Panda’ - one of those local not-so-lovable derros that every town has.’
1970s: abbreviation of derelict + -o.
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