American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person without a permanent home who moves from place to place.
- n. A vagrant; a tramp.
- n. A wanderer; a rover.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a wanderer; nomadic.
- adj. Aimless; drifting.
- adj. Irregular in course or behavior; unpredictable.
- v. To lead the life of a vagabond; roam about.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering; moving from place to place without any settled habitation; nomadic.
- Floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.
- Of or pertaining to a vagabond or worthless stroller; vagrant.
- Not sedentary, as a spider; belonging to the Vagabundæ.
- n. One who is without a settled home; one who goes from place to place; a wanderer; a vagrant: not necessarily in a bad sense.
- n. An idle, worthless stroller from place to place without, fixed habitation or visible means of earning an honest livelihood; in law, an idle, worthless vagrant. See vagrant.
- n. An idle, worthless fellow; a scamp; a rascal.
- n. One of the Vagabundæ.
- n. A pyralid moth, Crambus vulgivagellus. See cut under Crambidæ.
- To wander about in an idle manner; play the vagabond: sometimes with an indefinite it.
- n. A person on a trip of indeterminate destination and/or length of time.
- n. A bum, a hobo, a tramp, a homeless person, a rogue, a ne'er-do-well.
- v. To roam, as a vagabond
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering.
- adj. Floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.
- adj. Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
- n. 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.
- v. To play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll.
- v. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
- adj. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
- n. a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
- adj. wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community
- n. anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place
- Latin vagabundus, from vagari, ‘wander’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vagabonde, from Old French vagabond, from Late Latin vagābundus, wandering, from Latin vagārī, to wander, from vagus, wandering. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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