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

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. Unabridged
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vagrant (ˈveɪɡrənt, ˈveɪɡrəm)
1.  a person of no settled abode, income, or job; tramp
2.  a migratory animal that is off course
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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