Adjective: drifting drif-ting
Noun: drifting drif-ting
- Continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
"a drifting double-dealer";
- aimless, floating, vagabond, vagrant
Verb: drift drift
- Aimless wandering from place to place
- Be in motion due to some air or water current
"the boat drifted on the lake"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore";
- float, be adrift, blow
- Wander from a direct course or at random
"don't drift from the set course";
- stray, err
- Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
"the labourers drift from one town to the next";
- roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, vagabond
- Vary or move from a fixed point or course
"stock prices are drifting higher"
- Live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
"My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school";
- Move in an unhurried fashion
"The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
- Cause to be carried by a current
"drift the boats downstream"
- Drive slowly and far afield for grazing
"drift the cattle herds westwards"
- Be subject to fluctuation
"The stock market drifted upward"
- Be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
"snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
Derived forms: driftings
See also: unsettled
Type of: accumulate, amass, change, circulate, conglomerate, crop, cumulate, exist, float, gather, go, graze, live, locomote, move, pasture, pile up, roving, subsist, survive, travel, vagabondage, vary, wandering
Encyclopedia: Drifting Drift Drift, Cornwall Drift, Kentucky