vagabond

noun
vag·​a·​bond | \ ˈva-gə-ˌbänd How to pronounce vagabond (audio) \

Definition of vagabond

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a person who wanders from place to place without a fixed home : one leading a vagabond life especially : vagrant, tramp

vagabond

adjective

Definition of vagabond (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : moving from place to place without a fixed home : wandering
2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a wanderer
b : leading an unsettled, irresponsible, or disreputable life

vagabond

verb
vagabonded; vagabonding; vagabonds

Definition of vagabond (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to wander in the manner of a vagabond : roam about

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Other Words from vagabond

Noun

vagabondage \ ˈva-​gə-​ˌbän-​dij How to pronounce vagabond (audio) \ noun
vagabondism \ ˈva-​gə-​ˌbän-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce vagabond (audio) \ noun

Adjective

vagabondish \ ˈva-​gə-​ˌbän-​dish How to pronounce vagabond (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for vagabond

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of vagabond in a Sentence

Noun be wary of the vagabonds in that corner of the city after they retired, the couple bought an RV and became footloose vagabonds Adjective a vagabond group of entertainers that performed in rough-and-tumble mining towns
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there was a guy, an old hippie vagabond, who was giving a talk, who had done this. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2021 Perriman has had a bit of a vagabond career since being drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2021 An 18-year-old California man was arrested and charged with rogue and vagabond. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 In 1950 vagabond and self-promoter Leo V. Voss stopped in and visited the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 He’s the Not Quite man of sports, full of promise and conviction but always, in the end, a sporting vagabond. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021 For Diamond, the vagabond decorations were a letter-perfect touch of cheer in an otherwise dreary year. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Regardless, this means companies like Airbnb and major hotels will have to adjust and create products and services to match this vagabond worker. Bernhard Schroeder, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Unfortunately, the vagabond lifestyle has been hard on Bearsun. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By modern standards, Wray's story feels like rock and roll lore that edges on pulp: As a child, he was raised in poverty in Dunn, North Carolina, and learned to play guitar from a vagabond bluesman named Hambone. Colin Stutz, Billboard, 10 Oct. 2017 Hill’s book teems with sloppy and obvious devices (to the point of cliche), including a vagabond narrator (Steve Pacek) preempting for us the obvious songs that require no explanation. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, 24 Sep. 2017 The vagabond fair has set up in a half-dozen different locations over the past 41 years, but it was forced to cancel its plans in recent years because of the problems securing city permits. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, 22 Sep. 2017 Spoiler alert: The Glass Castle, in theaters now and based on journalist Jeannette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir about her vagabond childhood, boasts one of the most unexpected, triumphant, hide-under-your-couch scenes in recent film history. Justine Harman, Glamour, 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vagabond

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vagabond

Adjective

Middle English vacabounde, vagabounde, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French vacabunde, borrowed from Late Latin vagābundus, from Latin vagārī "to wander, roam" (verbal derivative of vagus "moving freely, wandering") + -bundus, deverbal adjective suffix (akin to Latin fuī "I was," Old English bēon "to be") — more at vague, be

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“Vagabond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vagabond. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for vagabond

vagabond

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vagabond

: a person who travels from place to place and does not have a home or much money

vagabond

adjective
vag·​a·​bond | \ ˈva-gə-ˌbänd How to pronounce vagabond (audio) \

Kids Definition of vagabond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: moving from place to place without a fixed home

vagabond

noun

Kids Definition of vagabond (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who moves from place to place without a fixed home

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