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Meaning of VAGABOND

Pronunciation:  'vagu`bând

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place; "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"
  2. [n]  a person who has no fixed home
  3. [adj]  continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"
  4. [adj]  wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community; "led a vagabond life"; "a rootless wanderer"
  5. [v]  move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"

VAGABOND is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: aimless, cast, drift, drifting, floating, ramble, range, roam, rootless, rove, stray, swan, tramp, unsettled, vagrant, wander
 See Also: bird of passage, gad, gallivant, go, jazz around, locomote, maunder, move, object, physical object, roamer, rover, travel, wanderer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vag"a*bond\, a. [F., fr. L. vagabundus, from vagari to
    stroll about, from vagus strolling. See {Vague}.]
    1. Moving from place to place without a settled habitation;
       wandering. ``Vagabond exile.'' --Shak.
    2. Floating about without any certain direction; driven to
       and fro.
             To heaven their prayers Flew up, nor missed the way,
             by envious winds Blown vagabond or frustrate.
    3. Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
  2. \Vag"a*bond\, n.
    One who wanders from place to place, having no fixed
    dwelling, or not abiding in it, and usually without the means
    of honest livelihood; a vagrant; a tramp; hence, a worthless
    person; a rascal.
          A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be. --Gen. iv. 12.
    Note: In English and American law, vagabond is used in bad
          sense, denoting one who is without a home; a strolling,
          idle, worthless person. Vagabonds are described in old
          English statutes as ``such as wake on the night and
          sleep on the day, and haunt customable taverns and
          alehouses, and routs about; and no man wot from whence
          they came, nor whither they go.'' In American law, the
          term vagrant is employed in the same sense. Cf {Rogue},
          n., 1. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
  3. \Vag"a*bond\, v. i.
    To play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll.
          On every part my vagabonding sight Did cast, and drown
          mine eyes in sweet delight.              --Drummond.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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").