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  • "Now the vorst of all these rogues vos a cove called Black Dan, a thieving, murdering, desprit wagabone as vere ewcntually 'ung sky-'igh on Pembury' Ill --"

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • "Did ye see ever a desprit, poachin 'wagabone run down this' ere lane, sir?" he inquired.

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • "V'ere is it, ye young wagabone?" he demanded in shrill accents.

    Peregrine's Progress

  • "Stole me silver-framed mirror, 'e' as, the young wagabone -- a genuine hantique worth its weight in hemeralds -- stole me mirror and don't deny it, neither --!"

    Peregrine's Progress

  • "You have hit it, sir, werry close; besides, I long mosh to return to my poor wife, Nancy Cator, dat I leave, wagabone dat I is, just about to be confine."

    Great Pirate Stories

  • Call me a wagabone if you like, but don't hurt my feelins.

    Varney the vampire; or, The feast of blood. Volume 1

  • "Ah, that's him -- that's the wagabone that said my house was on fire when it warn't; that's him as frightened me so, that I'm quite thin through it."

    Varney the vampire; or, The feast of blood. Volume 3

  • Well, Finn served this giant a considerable time, doing all kinds of hard and unreasonable service for him, and receiving all kinds of hard words, and many a hard knock and kick to boot -- sorrow befall the ould wagabone who could thus ill treat a helpless foundling.

    The Pocket George Borrow

  • 'This giant, whose name was Darmod David Odeen, was not a respectable person at all, but a big ould wagabone.

    The Pocket George Borrow

  • You von't think o 'arrestin' your own son for the money, and sendin 'him off to the Fleet, will you, you unnat'ral wagabone?'

    The Pickwick Papers

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  • an eye-dialect variant of 'vagabond', based on an archaic lower-class English accent, seen in Dickens and elsewhere

    November 11, 2013