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



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


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


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


vagabondish \ ˈva-​gə-​ˌbän-​dish How to pronounce vagabondish (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 Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, a coaching vagabond at different times, remind his players of his background. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "The NCAA’s cancellation of March Madness was sudden and shocking. Heartbreak is an understatement.," 15 Mar. 2020 Even the most avid vagabond gobbler geek can only chase his spring passion for about 13 weeks (assuming an early start in Florida and a June finish in Maine). Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting State-by-State Forecast," 3 Feb. 2020 The Warriors were like vagabonds in those long-ago days, moving about through various arenas and never feeling completely secure. Bruce Jenkins,, "How do you get from the Cow Palace to Chase Center? Warriors know the way," 5 Oct. 2019 The co-working space in the Lion Building on South Second Street is closing its doors after providing desk and office space to vagabond individual workers, companies and nonprofits — including the Knight Foundation and Veggielution — since 2011. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Back-to-school treat for St. Patrick School in San Jose," 24 Aug. 2019 During the second arrest, he was charged with rogue and vagabond, fourth-degree burglary, and disturbing the peace, then released on his own recognizance by the District Court Commissioner. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 15 Aug. 2019 Additionally, series star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home the prize for Individual Achievement In Comedy for her nimble performance as the titular vagabond lost in a swirling sea of frustration, confusion, and lust in London. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Top TV shows? Critics honor ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ and more," 3 Aug. 2019 When there is a murder at the Indian school, the four young vagabonds flee to the river, canoeing their way to St. Louis. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "It’s no mystery why William Kent Krueger’s latest is one of the fall’s most anticipated books. Everybody loves this guy.," 26 Aug. 2019 The team, previously known as the Miami Toros, moved up I-95 to Broward in 1977 after a vagabond, low-attendance existence that saw them play at the Orange Bowl, Tamiami Field and Miami-Dade College North. David Lyons,, "Inter Miami ... or Inter Fort Lauderdale? The case for David Beckham rethinking soccer team’s home," 24 Aug. 2019 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, "Link Wray's Daughter Talks Rock Hall Nomination: 'Dad Is the Trunk of the Rock and Roll Tree'," 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,, "Spectacular staging offsets lackluster score of 'Something Wicked'," 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,, "Broward County Fair plans return after 5-year absence," 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, "Max Greenfield Knows He Plays a Good 'Well-Intentioned' Jerk," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vagabond


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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29 Mar 2020

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“Vagabond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vagabond

old-fashioned + literary : a person who travels from place to place and does not have a home or much money


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



Kids Definition of vagabond (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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