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vagabond

[vag-uh-bond] /ˈvæg əˌbɒnd/
adjective
1.
wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic:
a vagabond tribe.
2.
leading an unsettled or carefree life.
3.
disreputable; worthless; shiftless.
4.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond:
vagabond habits.
5.
having an uncertain or irregular course or direction:
a vagabond voyage.
noun
6.
a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad.
7.
an idle wanderer without a permanent home or visible means of support; tramp; vagrant.
8.
a carefree, worthless, or irresponsible person; rogue.
Origin of vagabond
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English vagabound (< Old French vagabond) < Late Latin vagābundus wandering, vagrant, equivalent to Latin vagā() to wander + -bundus adj. suffix
Related forms
vagabondish, adjective
Synonyms
7. hobo, loafer. See vagrant. 8. knave, idler.
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  • The class is to be found of very general development among the vagabond tribes.

  • Before he went, he explained the mechanism of the vagabond thoroughly to his friends.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • It is clear that having no papers and no domicile, you are a vagabond, and as such must be committed to prison.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • I couldn't wait for you two, the vagabond would have been a little pile of ashes.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • That this was not his private view Shelton inferred by studying Mr. Dennant's manner in the presence of the vagabond.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • May the Devil scorch that vagabond, if he doesn't do better than the last time!

  • There are some, however, who are disposed to wander off the reservation, and lead a vagabond life.

    The Indian Question (1874) Francis A. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for vagabond

vagabond

/ˈvæɡəˌbɒnd/
noun
1.
a person with no fixed home
2.
an idle wandering beggar or thief
3.
(modifier) of or like a vagabond; shiftless or idle
Derived Forms
vagabondage, noun
vagabondish, adjective
vagabondism, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin vagābundus wandering, from vagārī to roam, from vagusvague
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Word Origin and History for vagabond
adj.

early 15c. (earlier vacabond, c.1400), from Middle French vagabonde, from Late Latin vagabundus "wandering, strolling about," from Latin vagari "wander" (from vagus "wandering, undecided;" see vague) + gerundive suffix -bundus. The noun is first recorded c.1400, earlier wagabund (c.1300).

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vagabond in the Bible

from Lat. vagabundus, "a wanderer," "a fugitive;" not used opprobriously (Gen. 4:12, R.V., "wanderer;" Ps. 109:10; Acts 19:13, R.V., "strolling").

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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