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  1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic: a vagabond tribe.

  2. leading an unsettled or carefree life.

  1. disreputable; worthless; shiftless.

  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond: vagabond habits.

  3. having an uncertain or irregular course or direction: a vagabond voyage.

  1. a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad.

  2. an idle wanderer without a permanent home or visible means of support; tramp; vagrant.

  1. a carefree, worthless, or irresponsible person; rogue.

Origin of vagabond

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English vagabound (from Old French vagabond), from Late Latin vagābundus “wandering, vagrant,” equivalent to Latin vagā(rī) “to wander” + -bundus adjective suffix

synonym study For vagabond

7. See vagrant.

Other words for vagabond

Other words from vagabond

  • vag·a·bond·ish, adjective

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How to use vagabond in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vagabond


/ (ˈvæɡəˌbɒnd) /

  1. a person with no fixed home

  2. an idle wandering beggar or thief

  1. (modifier) of or like a vagabond; shiftless or idle

Origin of vagabond

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

Derived forms of vagabond

  • vagabondage, noun
  • vagabondish, adjective
  • vagabondism, noun

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