vagrancy

[ vey-gruh n-see ]
/ ˈveɪ grən si /

noun, plural va·gran·cies.

the state or condition of being a vagrant: an arrest for vagrancy.
the conduct of a vagrant.
mental wandering; reverie.

Nearby words

  1. vagotomy,
  2. vagotonia,
  3. vagotonic,
  4. vagotropic,
  5. vagovagal,
  6. vagrant,
  7. vagrant's disease,
  8. vagrantly,
  9. vagrom,
  10. vague

Origin of vagrancy

First recorded in 1635–45; vagr(ant) + -ancy

Related formsnon·va·gran·cy, noun, plural non·va·gran·cies.

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British Dictionary definitions for vagrancy

vagrancy

/ (ˈveɪɡrənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or condition of being a vagrant
the conduct or mode of living of a vagrant
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Word Origin and History for vagrancy

vagrancy

n.

"life of idle begging," 1706, from vagrant + -cy.

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