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[vey-gruh n-see] /ˈveɪ grən si/
noun, plural vagrancies.
the state or condition of being a vagrant:
an arrest for vagrancy.
the conduct of a vagrant.
mental wandering; reverie.
Origin of vagrancy
1635-45; vagr(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonvagrancy, noun, plural nonvagrancies. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vagrancy
Historical Examples
  • The poor wretches are nearly always in want, and soon full into vagrancy, and some into vice and crime.

  • Nothing is more amusing than these general congresses of European vagrancy.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • The voice came from the fire, and I walked over from the door, and found as miserable a specimen of vagrancy as one often sees.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • Social reformers emphasize the bad effect on society of vagrancy.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • It would be much greater but for the leniency of the police (vagrancy Report, section 379).

  • It is of these specialists in vagrancy that I intend to write in this chapter.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • The bailiff said, "vagrancy, your Honor," and I began to talk.

    The Road Jack London
  • Nevertheless, the fact of vagrancy is one deep rooted in human nature.

  • I entered the charge in the cause list, "Police v. John Smithers, vagrancy," and then looked at the vagrant.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • Thus the relation of vagrancy to unemployment is amply demonstrated.

British Dictionary definitions for vagrancy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or condition of being a vagrant
the conduct or mode of living of a vagrant
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Word Origin and History for vagrancy

"life of idle begging," 1706, from vagrant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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