vagabond

[vag-uh-bond]
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, pertaining 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:
1400–50; late Middle English vagabound (< Old French vagabond) < Late Latin vagābundus wandering, vagrant, equivalent to Latin vagā() to wander + -bundus adj. suffix

vagabondish, adjective


7. hobo, loafer. See vagrant. 8. knave, idler.
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vagabond (ˈvæɡəˌbɒnd)
 
n
1.  a person with no fixed home
2.  an idle wandering beggar or thief
3.  (modifier) of or like a vagabond; shiftless or idle
 
[C15: from Latin vagābundus wandering, from vagārī to roam, from vagusvague]
 
'vagabondage
 
n
 
'vagabondish
 
adj
 
'vagabondism
 
n

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vagabond
early 15c. (earlier vacabond, c.1400), from M.Fr. vagabonde, from L.L. vagabundus "wandering, strolling about," from L. vagari "wander" (from vagus "wandering, undecided;" see vague) + gerundive suffix -bundus. The noun is first recorded late 15c.
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Vagabond definition


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").

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Example sentences
The intellect is vagabond, and the universal system of education fosters restlessness.
Vagabond contenders, with virtually no time anywhere for practice.
The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness.
Then, after showing some power as a vagabond starter and pinch-hitter the first two months, he came through in a real emergency.
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