vagrant

[vey-gruhnt]
noun
1.
a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp.
2.
Law. an idle person without visible means of support, as a tramp or beggar.
3.
a person who wanders from place to place; wanderer; rover.
4.
wandering idly without a permanent home or employment; living in vagabondage: vagrant beggars.
5.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vagrant: the vagrant life.
adjective
6.
wandering or roaming from place to place; nomadic.
7.
(of plants) straggling in growth.
8.
not fixed or settled, especially in course; moving hither and thither: a vagrant leaf blown by the wind.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English vagaraunt, apparently present participle of Anglo-French *vagrer, perhaps < Middle English *vagren, blend of vagen (< Latin vagārī to wander) and *walcren (> Old French wa(u)crer), equivalent to walc- (see walk) + -r- frequentative suffix + -en infinitive suffix

vagrantly, adverb
vagrantness, noun
nonvagrant, adjective
nonvagrantly, adverb
nonvagrantness, noun
unvagrant, adjective
unvagrantly, adverb
unvagrantness, noun


1. Vagrant, vagabond describe an idle, disreputable person who lacks a fixed abode. Vagrant suggests a tramp, a person with no settled abode or livelihood, an idle and disorderly person: picked up by police as a vagrant. Vagabond especially emphasizes the idea of worthless living, often by trickery, thieving, or other disreputable means: Actors were once classed with rogues and vagabonds.
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vagrant (ˈveɪɡrənt, ˈveɪɡrəm)
 
n
1.  a person of no settled abode, income, or job; tramp
2.  a migratory animal that is off course
 
adj
3.  wandering about; nomadic
4.  of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagrant or vagabond
5.  moving in an erratic fashion, without aim or purpose; wayward
6.  (of plants) showing uncontrolled or straggling growth
 
[C15: probably from Old French waucrant (from wancrer to roam, of Germanic origin), but also influenced by Old French vagant vagabond, from Latin vagārī to wander]
 
'vagrantly
 
adv
 
'vagrantness
 
n

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vagrant
mid-15c., perhaps an alteration (by influence of L. vagari "wander") of Anglo-Fr. wacrant, prp. of O.Fr. wacrer "to walk or wander," from a Gmc. source (e.g. O.N. valka "wander"). The adj. is recorded from mid-15c.
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Example sentences
So it was jarring recently when some commanders got e-mails from the boss with
  photos of vagrants taken by his personal staff.
The vast majority of our recorded bird species are migrants and vagrants.
Sometimes vagrants can gain access and burn it down while trying to stay warm
  in winter months.
Each was vacant, but some were unsecured and had vagrants living in them.
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