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[vag-uh-bond] /ˈvæg əˌbɒnd/
wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic:
a vagabond tribe.
leading an unsettled or carefree life.
disreputable; worthless; shiftless.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond:
vagabond habits.
having an uncertain or irregular course or direction:
a vagabond voyage.
a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad.
an idle wanderer without a permanent home or visible means of support; tramp; vagrant.
a carefree, worthless, or irresponsible person; rogue.
Origin of vagabond
late Middle English
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
7. hobo, loafer. See vagrant. 8. knave, idler. Unabridged
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  • The class is to be found of very general development among the vagabond tribes.

  • A fugitive and a wanderer (vagabond) shalt thou be in the earth.

  • It is clear that having no papers and no domicile, you are a vagabond, and as such must be committed to prison.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • I'm not a vagabond nor a thief, Lulu, if I have met you on the sly.

  • That this was not his private view Shelton inferred by studying Mr. Dennant's manner in the presence of the vagabond.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • I was a vagabond, and a bombshell in the path of both of them.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • There are some, however, who are disposed to wander off the reservation, and lead a vagabond life.

    The Indian Question (1874) Francis A. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for vagabond


a person with no fixed home
an idle wandering beggar or thief
(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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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