Definitions

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English vagabonde, from Old French vagabond, from Late Latin vagābundus, wandering, from Latin vagārī, to wander, from vagus, wandering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin vagabundus, from vagari, ‘wander’.

Examples

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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