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
Related formsvag·a·bond·ish, adjective

Synonyms for vagabond

7. hobo, loafer. See vagrant. 8. knave, idler. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of vagabond

Historical Examples of vagabond

  • 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!

  • He had entered the shop at eight o'clock that morning a blackguard as well as a vagabond.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • He was a vagabond and an outcast, and scenes of horror were not new to him.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Before he went, he explained the mechanism of the Vagabond thoroughly to his friends.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

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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