Nearby words

  1. vadsö,
  2. vaduz,
  3. vae victis,
  4. vafio,
  5. vag,
  6. vagabond's disease,
  7. vagabondage,
  8. vagal,
  9. vagal attack,
  10. vagal block

Origin of vagabond

1400–50; late Middle English vagabound (< Old French vagabond) < Late Latin vagābundus wandering, vagrant, equivalent to Latin vagā(rī) to wander + -bundus adj. suffix

7. hobo, loafer. See vagrant. 8. knave, idler.

Related formsvag·a·bond·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vagabond

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 Formsvagabondage, nounvagabondish, adjectivevagabondism, noun

Word Origin for vagabond

C15: from Latin vagābundus wandering, from vagārī to roam, from vagus vague

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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).

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