vag·​a·​bond | \ˈva-gə-ˌbänd \

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 \ noun
vagabondism \ ˈva-​gə-​ˌbän-​ˌdi-​zəm \ noun


vagabondish \ ˈva-​gə-​ˌbän-​dish \ adjective

Examples of vagabond in a Sentence


be wary of the vagabonds in that corner of the city after they retired, the couple bought an RV and became footloose vagabonds


a vagabond group of entertainers that performed in rough-and-tumble mining towns
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He was charged with theft, rogue and vagabond, and disorderly conduct. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 9 May 2018 The rink closed for several months, leaving him a skating vagabond. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "The Greatest Figure Skater Ever Is Michael Jackson on Ice, Surrounded by Winnie the Poohs," 4 Jan. 2018 For hundreds of years before the Italian vagabond ventured east, it had been used as a spice and natural medicine across India and Asia. Doug Williams,, "Turmeric: superfood or superhype," 25 June 2018 Howard's decision to stay in Orlando marked the beginning of the vagabond stage of his career. Tim Bontemps,, "Dwight Howard traded again, this time to the Brooklyn Nets," 20 June 2018 The Warriors sign hoops vagabond Quinn Cook to a two-way (G League and NBA) contract. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fun times throughout Warriors’ championship season," 10 June 2018 The little colony of vagabonds lovingly constructed the huts' plywood overlaid with plastic sheeting to hold back the rain. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: A few weeks in paradise for 1984 urban nomads," 23 May 2018 Sleeker and more spacious, #Trucklife could just be the next high-end vagabond phenomenon. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Truck Surf Hotel is an expandable roving retreat for wave chasers," 8 May 2018 Mitch is a notorious vagabond who loves his out-of-the-suitcase lifestyle. Redbook, "Meet Your New Fall Romance Read," 10 Sep. 2012

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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English Language Learners Definition of vagabond

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


vag·​a·​bond | \ˈva-gə-ˌbänd \

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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