Definition of vagabond in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvagəbɒnd



[attributive] Back to top  


[no object] archaic Back to top  
  • Wander about as or like a vagabond: he went vagabonding about the world
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    • At home most of the time, I would bundle my baby in his stroller and go vagabonding as and when the weather would allow.
    • Perhaps not coincidentally, Amelia's vagabonding seems to have run across a few stops of the National Air Races which were underway at the same time.
    • He vagabonded his way to Paris and immediately settled into a bohemian life.



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  • I could not understand why so often, in the literature of vagabondage, the vagrant beggar was described as a hypocrite.
  • After many years of vagabondage he was found mysteriously drowned in a Venetian canal in 1772.
  • There followed seventeen years of sectarian vagabondage: founded in 1830, the sect settled in Kirtland, Ohio, Jackson, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois, reaching Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah, in 1847.


Middle English (originally denoting a criminal): from Old French, or from Latin vagabundus, from vagari 'wander'.

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