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vagabond

[vag-uh-bond] /ˈvæg əˌbɒnd/
adjective
1.
wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic:
a vagabond tribe.
2.
leading an unsettled or carefree life.
3.
disreputable; worthless; shiftless.
4.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond:
vagabond habits.
5.
having an uncertain or irregular course or direction:
a vagabond voyage.
noun
6.
a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad.
7.
an idle wanderer without a permanent home or visible means of support; tramp; vagrant.
8.
a carefree, worthless, or irresponsible person; rogue.
Origin of vagabond
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English vagabound (< Old French vagabond) < Late Latin vagābundus wandering, vagrant, equivalent to Latin vagā(rī) to wander + -bundus adj. suffix
Related forms
vagabondish, adjective
Synonyms
7. hobo, loafer. See vagrant. 8. knave, idler.
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  • No vagabond I had ever known ignored time and duty more complacently.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Bless the place, I love the ashes of the vagabond fires that have scorched its grass!

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • He was a vagabond and an outcast, and scenes of horror were not new to him.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • He had entered the shop at eight o'clock that morning a blackguard as well as a vagabond.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Before he went, he explained the mechanism of the vagabond thoroughly to his friends.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • I couldn't wait for you two, the vagabond would have been a little pile of ashes.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • But how, then, did the vagabond users of 'flash' language get hold of this word?

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for vagabond

vagabond

/ˈvæɡəˌbɒnd/
noun
1.
a person with no fixed home
2.
an idle wandering beggar or thief
3.
(modifier) of or like a vagabond; shiftless or idle
Derived Forms
vagabondage, noun
vagabondish, adjective
vagabondism, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin vagābundus wandering, from vagārī to roam, from vagusvague
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Word Origin and History for vagabond
adj.

early 15c. (earlier vacabond, c.1400), from Middle French vagabonde, from Late Latin vagabundus "wandering, strolling about," from Latin vagari "wander" (from vagus "wandering, undecided;" see vague) + gerundive suffix -bundus. The noun is first recorded c.1400, earlier wagabund (c.1300).

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