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[vey-gruh n-see] /ˈveɪ grən si/
noun, plural vagrancies.
the state or condition of being a vagrant:
an arrest for vagrancy.
the conduct of a vagrant.
mental wandering; reverie.
Origin of vagrancy
First recorded in 1635-45; vagr(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonvagrancy, noun, plural nonvagrancies. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vagrancy
Historical Examples
  • Nothing is more amusing than these general congresses of European vagrancy.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Social reformers emphasize the bad effect on society of vagrancy.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • It is of these specialists in vagrancy that I intend to write in this chapter.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • It is very difficult at first sight to examine the phenomena of vagrancy.

  • Thus the relation of vagrancy to unemployment is amply demonstrated.

  • With regard to this result of the present vagrancy regulations, there is much to be said.

  • It will be seen that in 1848 the increase of vagrancy called for attention.

  • In 1866 a dietary was prescribed (vagrancy Report, section 37).

  • vagrancy from the commencement of the nineteenth century, p. 7—III.

  • Nevertheless, the fact of vagrancy is one deep rooted in human nature.

British Dictionary definitions for vagrancy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or condition of being a vagrant
the conduct or mode of living of a vagrant
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Word Origin and History for vagrancy

"life of idle begging," 1706, from vagrant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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