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vagabond

noun vag·a·bond \ ˈva-gə-ˌbänd \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of vagabond

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

vagabondage

play \ˈva-gə-ˌbän-dij\ noun

vagabondism

play \ˈva-gə-ˌbän-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

Examples of vagabond in a Sentence

  1. be wary of the vagabonds in that corner of the city

  2. after they retired, the couple bought an RV and became footloose vagabonds

Recent Examples of vagabond from the Web

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First Known Use of vagabond

15th century

vagabond Synonyms

Synonyms
bindle stiff, bum, bummer, hobo, sundowner [Australian], swaggie [chiefly Australian], swagman [chiefly Australian], tramp, vagrant
Related Words
drifter, roamer, transient; beggar, derelict, mendicant, panhandler, stiff; dodger, malingerer, shirker, slacker; gamine, ragamuffin, urchin, waif
Near Antonyms
homebody; denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, resident, settler

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vagabond

adjective

Definition of vagabond

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

vagabondish

play \ˈva-gə-ˌbän-dish\ adjective

Examples of vagabond in a Sentence

  1. a vagabond group of entertainers that performed in rough-and-tumble mining towns

Origin and Etymology of vagabond

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

verb

Definition of vagabond

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

First Known Use of vagabond

circa 1586


VAGABOND Defined for English Language Learners

vagabond

noun

Definition of vagabond for English Language Learners

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


VAGABOND Defined for Kids

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vagabond

adjective vag·a·bond \ ˈva-gə-ˌbänd \

Definition of vagabond for Students

: moving from place to place without a fixed home

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vagabond

noun

Definition of vagabond for Students

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


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