Definition of vagabond in English:

vagabond

Line breaks: vaga|bond
Pronunciation: /ˈvaɡəbɒnd
 
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noun

1A person who wanders from place to place without a home or job.
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  • Vagabond Tales is loosely based around the adventures of a musical vagabond who travels around the world and through time to bring different kinds of music back to the traveling minstrels of Barrage.
  • A group of vagabonds and derelicts inhabit a shelter in Moscow, presided over by a fanatical leader who preaches the love of everyone for everyone.
  • I am a dogged traveler, the determined vagabond.
Synonyms
North American hobo;
Australian bagman, knockabout, overlander, sundowner, whaler
informal bag lady
North American informal bum, bindlestiff
South African informal outie
Australian/New Zealand informal derro
1.1 informal , dated A dishonest or unprincipled person.
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  • We can't afford first time grants for houses, but we can afford €60m to buy an ego boosting plane for the vagabonds who squandered the boom years.
  • The husband arranges her marriage with a person who is considered a vagabond.
  • According children V.I.P treatment only helps to groom rogues and vagabonds in the long term.

adjective

[attributive] Back to top  
Having no settled home: a vagabond poacher
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  • Well these visions unfold in front of me like a play put on by a traveling band of vagabond gypsies.
  • And he was there, the vagabond journeyman sorcerer that had seized what must have seemed a reasonable opportunity at the time.
  • Block out the sight of vagabond children hawking tat at traffic intersections.
Synonyms
refugee, displaced, homeless, rootless;
drifting, unsettled, footloose;
of no fixed address/abode
archaic errant

verb

[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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

vagabondage

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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