circa 1890, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from German vagil, from Latin vagus "wandering, roaming" + German -il (in sessil sessile) — more at vague
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“Vagile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vagile. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.
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