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vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Simple Definition of vagrant

  • : a person who has no place to live and no job and who asks people for money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vagrant

  1. 1 a :  one who has no established residence and wanders idly from place to place without lawful or visible means of support b :  one (as a prostitute or drunkard) whose conduct constitutes statutory vagrancy

  2. 2 :  wanderer, rover

Examples of vagrant in a sentence

  1. a part of the city that attracts many vagrants

  2. <vagrants sleeping in cardboard boxes on the sidewalk>



Origin and Etymology of vagrant

Middle English vagraunt, from Anglo-French vageraunt, from present participle of vagrer to wander about, alteration (influenced by Latin vagari to wander) of wacrer to wander, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wealcan to roll — more at walk


First Known Use: 15th century


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vagrant

adjective va·grant

Definition of vagrant

  1. 1 :  wandering about from place to place usually with no means of support

  2. 2 a :  having a fleeting, wayward, or inconstant quality <a vagrant impulse> b :  having no fixed course :  random <a vagrant breeze>

vagrantly

adverb


Examples of vagrant in a sentence

  1. <bands of vagrant children in the streets of the impoverished city>



15th Century

First Known Use of vagrant

15th century

Rhymes with vagrant


VAGRANT Defined for Kids

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vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Definition of vagrant for Students

  1. :  a person who has no steady job and wanders from place to place




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vagrant

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adjective va·grant

Definition of vagrant for Students

  1. 1 :  wandering about from place to place

  2. 2 :  having no fixed course <vagrant breezes>




Medical Dictionary

vagrant

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adjective va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Medical Definition of vagrant

  1. :  having no fixed course :  moving from place to place <a vagrant infection>




Law Dictionary

vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Legal Definition of vagrant

  1. :  one who has no established residence and wanders about without lawful or identifiable means of support <vagrants may not be punished for being vagrants; only persons who commit culpable acts are liable for criminal sanctions — State v. Richard, 836 P.2d 622 (1992)>



Origin and Etymology of vagrant

Anglo-French wagerant vageraunt, from present participle of vagrer walcrer to wander about, drift, probably from Old Norse valka to roll, wallow



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