- 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
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Related Wordswanderer, stray, fly-by-night, rambling, itinerant, down-and-out, mendicant, unsettled, peripatetic, transient, moving, wayfaring, roaming, roving, wandering, idle, prodigal, strolling, travelling
Examples from the Web for vagabond
Llewyn Davis is a troubadour and vagabond, one who happens to be in grief.‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Is About to Be a Very Big Deal
December 5, 2013
Vagabond, errand-boy, vagabond, labourer, porter, clerk, chief manager, small partner, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown.David's Bookclub: Hard Times
September 24, 2012
“Sarah Palin is a true believer,” Bess told me over coffee at Vagabond Blues, a café 20 miles from Wasilla in the town of Palmer.Inside Sarah's Church
September 5, 2009
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
He had entered the shop at eight o'clock that morning a blackguard as well as a vagabond.
He was a vagabond and an outcast, and scenes of horror were not new to him.
Before he went, he explained the mechanism of the Vagabond thoroughly to his friends.Slaves of Mercury
- a person with no fixed home
- an idle wandering beggar or thief
- (modifier) of or like a vagabond; shiftless or idle
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).