Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A perverted spelling and pronunciation of vagrant, ascribed as a blunder to Dogberry in “Much Ado about Nothing,” and with allusion to this occasionally used by modern writers.
“And now units of this vagrom and unstable street throng, which was forever shifting and changing about them, seemed to sense the psychologic error of all this in so far as these children were concerned, for they would nudge one another, the more sophisticated and indifferent lifting an eyebrow and smiling contemptuously, the more sympathetic or experienced commenting on the useless presence of these children.”
“She was the vagrom-minded wife of a prosperous lawyer who was absorbed in his business and in himself.”
“Purdy, some vagrom fancy quickened in him, either by the voice, which was not unrefined, or by the stealthiness of the approach,”
“In the first place, Slang is universal, whilst Cant is restricted in usage to certain classes of the community: thieves, vagrom men, and -- well, their associates.”
“All grades of "vagrom men," with their frauds and shifts, are passed in review, and when Copland asks about their "bousy" speech, the porter entertains him with these lines.”
“This is your charge; you shall comprehend all vagrom men.”
“Dear, brave Cherry-Cheeks sent it home by the hands of a vagrom pedlar, laboriously and exactly writing on the package the inscription she found on the fly leaf:”
“Then round the corner came a vagrom man, wheeling flowers in a barrow.”
“They smell of cabbage and are much prowled over by vagrom cats.”
“William Shakespeare. (15641616) (continued) 516You shall comprehend all vagrom men.”
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