Australian bush term.

A swagman (aka "swaggie") is a fellow (possibly mythical) who walks the Australian countryside with all of his meagre possessions wrapped in his swag, which is a large kerchief or piece of cloth, tied at four corners, and hung from a stick over his shoulder.

Swag"man (?), n.

A bushman carrying a swag and traveling on foot; -- called also swagsman, swagger, and swaggie.

 

© Webster 1913.

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