(Aus./N.Z.) a derelict person, a down-and-out; also as general term of insult; thus attrib.
|Heroin Annie [e-book] Outside the shop he shoved his hand into this rubbish bin, like a derro.‘Heroin Annie’ in|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 18: Dero: A derelict or down-and-outer who is also probably on the ‘turps’ or ‘meths.’.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Derro. An old broken down prisoner. Especially associated with alcoholism. A diminutive of derelict.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Part of it burned down [...] and it served as dero accomodation.|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] Streets empty, sometimes a dero lying on the pavement.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
|Gutted 253: I pointed the way through the winding streets, littered with deros, trash and more than a few needles.|