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vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Definition of vagrant

  1. 1a :  one who has no established residence and wanders idly from place to place without lawful or visible means of supportb :  one (as a prostitute or drunkard) whose conduct constitutes statutory vagrancy

  2. 2 :  wanderer, rover

  3. 3 :  an animal wandering outside its normal geographic range; especially :  a bird found outside its normal geographic range or migration route :  accidental <California gulls have turned up as vagrants in other nearby states, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. — Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes>

Examples of vagrant in a sentence

  1. a part of the city that attracts many vagrants

  2. <vagrants sleeping in cardboard boxes on the sidewalk>

Origin and Etymology of vagrant

Middle English vageraunt, vagraunt, borrowed from Anglo-French vageraunt, from present participle of vagrer “to wander about,” probably blend of vaguer “to be unoccupied, wander about” (borrowed from Late Latin vagāre, Latin vagārī “to wander, roam”) and waucrer, wakrer “to wander about,” perhaps going back to Old Low Franconian (Frankish substratum of French) *walkaran-, frequentative derivative of Germanic *walkan- “to roll, toss” — more at 1vagabond, 1walk


First Known Use: 15th century


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vagrant

adjective va·grant

Definition of vagrant

  1. 1a :  wandering about from place to place usually with no means of supportb of an animal :  wandering outside its normal geographic range; especially, of a bird found outside its normal geographic range or migration route :  accidental 3

  2. 2a :  having a fleeting, wayward, or inconstant quality <a vagrant impulse>b :  having no fixed course :  random <a vagrant breeze>

vagrantly

adverb

Examples of vagrant in a sentence

  1. <bands of vagrant children in the streets of the impoverished city>

Origin and Etymology of vagrant

Middle English vagaraunt “inclined to wander, lacking a livelihood,” borrowed from Anglo-French vageraunt, waucrant, present participle of vagrer “to wander about” — more at 1vagrant


First Known Use: 15th century


VAGRANT Defined for English Language Learners

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vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Definition of vagrant for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has no place to live and no job and who asks people for money


VAGRANT Defined for Kids

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vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Definition of vagrant for Students

  1. :  a person who has no steady job and wanders from place to place


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vagrant

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adjective va·grant

Definition of vagrant for Students

  1. 1 :  wandering about from place to place

  2. 2 :  having no fixed course <vagrant breezes>


Medical Dictionary

vagrant

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adjective va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Medical Definition of vagrant

  1. :  having no fixed course :  moving from place to place <a vagrant infection>


Law Dictionary

vagrant

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noun va·grant \ˈvā-grənt\

Legal Definition of vagrant

  1. :  one who has no established residence and wanders about without lawful or identifiable means of support <vagrants may not be punished for being vagrants; only persons who commit culpable acts are liable for criminal sanctions — State v. Richard, 836 P.2d 622 (1992)>

Origin and Etymology of vagrant

Anglo-French wagerant vageraunt, from present participle of vagrer walcrer to wander about, drift, probably from Old Norse valka to roll, wallow



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