droster, noun

Forms:
Also drosser.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch drossen to run away + agential suffix -er.
obs. except in historical contexts
A runaway, usually a slave or (subsequently) a servant; an outlaw.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 158Such Hottentots or slaves as are found, improperly or illegally wandering about the country, without a passport, or unable to give a credible account of themselves..are commonly called by the colonial term of drossers or gedrost Hottentotten (runaways).
1983 R. Ross Cape of Torments p.xDrossen, To run away, desert, hence drosser, runaway, gedrost, ran away.
A runaway, usually a slave or (subsequently) a servant; an outlaw.

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