4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vagabond \Vag"a*bond\, adjective [F., fr. L. vagabundus, from vagari to stroll about, from vagus strolling. See {Vague}.]

1. Moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering. "Vagabond exile." --Shak.

2. Floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.

To heaven their prayers Flew up, nor missed the way, by envious winds Blown vagabond or frustrate. --Milton.

3. Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vagabond \Vag"a*bond\, noun One who wanders from place to place, having no fixed dwelling, or not abiding in it, and usually without the means of honest livelihood; a vagrant; a tramp; hence, a worthless person; a rascal.

A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be. --Gen. iv. 12.

Note: In English and American law, vagabond is used in bad sense, denoting one who is without a home; a strolling, idle, worthless person. Vagabonds are described in old English statutes as "such as wake on the night and sleep on the day, and haunt customable taverns and alehouses, and routs about; and no man wot from whence they came, nor whither they go." In American law, the term vagrant is employed in the same sense. Cf {Rogue}, n.,

1. --Burrill. --Bouvier.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vagabond \Vag"a*bond\, verb (used without an object) To play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll.

On every part my vagabonding sight Did cast, and drown mine eyes in sweet delight. --Drummond.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community; "led a vagabond life"; "a rootless wanderer" [syn: {rootless}, {vagabond}]

2: continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties" [syn: {aimless}, {drifting}, {floating}, {vagabond}, {vagrant}]


1: anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place; "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"

2: a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support [syn: {vagrant}, {drifter}, {floater}, {vagabond}]


1: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town" [syn: {roll}, {wander}, {swan}, {stray}, {tramp}, {roam}, {cast}, {ramble}, {rove}, {range}, {drift}, {vagabond}]

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