- a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp.
- Law. an idle person without visible means of support, as a tramp or beggar.
- a person who wanders from place to place; wanderer; rover.
- wandering idly without a permanent home or employment; living in vagabondage: vagrant beggars.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagrant: the vagrant life.
- wandering or roaming from place to place; nomadic.
- (of plants) straggling in growth.
- not fixed or settled, especially in course; moving hither and thither: a vagrant leaf blown by the wind.
Origin of vagrant
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Examples from the Web for vagrant
In an interview, Liang said, “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar.”The Chinese Can’t Catch Their Breath
May 5, 2014
He took to "vagrant courses," in which the muse forbears to follow him.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Their vagrant curiosity was aroused, but not yet to the point of investigation.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Is it, do you think chronic unemployment with a vagrant tendency?The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)
Gabriel Faa, besides being a gipsy, was a vagrant and a deserter.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
He used it as a whip with which to scourge any vagrant hopes that dared creep into his heart.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- a person of no settled abode, income, or job; tramp
- a migratory animal that is off course
- wandering about; nomadic
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagrant or vagabond
- moving in an erratic fashion, without aim or purpose; wayward
- (of plants) showing uncontrolled or straggling growth
Word Origin and History for vagrant
mid-15c., perhaps an alteration (by influence of Latin vagari "wander") of Anglo-French wacrant, noun use of present participle of Old French wacrer "to walk or wander," from a Germanic source (e.g. Old Norse valka "wander"). The adjective is recorded from early 15c.