from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To lead the life of a vagabond; roam about.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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)
Latin vagabundus, from vagari, ‘wander’. (Wiktionary)



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  • Isn't there a reference to this in 'Can You Fell the Love Tonight'? It sounds a lot like they say 'vegabond' though, so I'm not sure.

    July 28, 2009

  • There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
    We must rise and follow her,
    When from every hill of flame
    She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

    - Bliss Carman, 'A Vagabond Song'.

    November 3, 2008

  • Thanks WeirdNET.

    April 20, 2008

  • Aw yeah, gimme some of them vagrant fashion tips.

    April 20, 2008

  • Like this, maybe.

    April 19, 2008