from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
- n. A wanderer; a rover.
- n. One who lives on the streets and constitutes a public nuisance.
- adj. Wandering from place to place and lacking any means of support.
- adj. Wayward; unrestrained: a vagrant impulse.
- adj. Moving in a random fashion; not fixed in place: "Thanks to a vagrant current of the Gulf Stream, a stretch of the Kola coast is free of ice year round” ( Jack Beatty).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person without a home or job.
- n. A wanderer.
- n. A bird found outside its species’ usual range.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled.
- adj. Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation.
- n. One who strolls from place to place; one who has no settled habitation; an idle wanderer; a sturdy beggar; an incorrigible rogue; a vagabond.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering from place to place; roving, with uncertain direction or destination; moving or going hither and thither; having no certain course.
- Uncertain; erratic.
- Of or pertaining to one who wanders; unsettled; vagabond.
- In medicine, wandering: as, vagrant cells (wandering white corpuscles of the blood).
- n. A wanderer; a rover; a rambler.
- n. An idle stroller; a vagabond; a loafer; a tramp: now the ordinary meaning.
- n. In law the word vagrant has a much more extended meaning than that assigned to it in ordinary language, and in its application the notion of wandering is almost lost, the object of the statutes being to subject to police control various ill-defined classes of persons whose habits of life are inconsistent with the good order of society. In the English statutes vagrants are divided into three grades: idle and disorderly persons, or such as, while able to maintain themselves and families, neglect to do so, unlicensed peddlers or chapmen, beggars, common prostitutes, etc.; rogues and vagabonds, notoriously idle and disorderly persons, fortune-tellers and other like impostors, public gamblers and sharpers, persons having no visible means of living and unable to give a good account of themselves, etc.; incorrigible rogues—that is, such as have been repeatedly convicted as rogues and vagabonds, jail-breakers, and persons escaping from legal durance, etc. In the United States the statutes are diverse, but in their general features include to a greater or less extent beggars, drunken parents who refuse or fail to support their children, paupers when dissolute and sick. prostitutes, public masqueraders, tramps, truants, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English vagraunt, probably alteration of Old French wacrant, present participle of wacrer, to wander, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vagraunt ("wandering about"), from Anglo-Norman wakerant, wacrant, walcrant ("vagrant"), Old French wacrant, waucrant ("wandering about"), present participle of wacrer, waucrer, walcrer ("to wander, wander about as a vagabond"), from Frankish *walkrōn (“to wander about”), frequentative form of *walkōn (“to walk, wander, trample, stomp, full”), from Proto-Germanic *walkōnan, *walkanan (“to twist, turn, roll about, full”), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (“to twist, turn, move”). Cognate with Old High German walchan, walkan ("to move up and down, press together, full, walk, wander"), Middle Dutch walken ("to knead, full"), Old English wealcan ("to roll"), Old English ġewealcan ("to go, walk about"), Old Norse valka ("to wander"), Latin valgus ("bandy-legged, bow-legged"). More at walk. (Wiktionary)