[vey-gruh n-see]

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.

Origin of vagrancy

First recorded in 1635–45; vagr(ant) + -ancy
Related formsnon·va·gran·cy, noun, plural non·va·gran·cies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vagrancy

vagabondage, homelessness

Examples from the Web for vagrancy

Historical Examples of vagrancy

  • Nothing is more amusing than these general congresses of European vagrancy.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • Social reformers emphasize the bad effect on society of vagrancy.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • It is of these specialists in vagrancy that I intend to write in this chapter.

  • It is very difficult at first sight to examine the phenomena of vagrancy.

  • Thus the relation of vagrancy to unemployment is amply demonstrated.

British Dictionary definitions for vagrancy


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper