noun \ˈvā-grənt\

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

Full Definition of VAGRANT

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

Examples of VAGRANT

  1. a part of the city that attracts many vagrants
  2. <vagrants sleeping in cardboard boxes on the sidewalk>

Origin 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

Related to VAGRANT

bindle stiff, bum, bummer, hobo, sundowner [Australian], swaggie [chiefly Australian], swagman [chiefly Australian], vagabond, tramp

Rhymes with VAGRANT



Definition of VAGRANT

:  wandering about from place to place usually with no means of support
a :  having a fleeting, wayward, or inconstant quality <a vagrant impulse>
b :  having no fixed course :  random <a vagrant breeze>
va·grant·ly adverb

Examples of VAGRANT

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

First Known Use of VAGRANT

15th century


adjective \ˈvā-grənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VAGRANT

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


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