Definition of vagabond in English:


Syllabification: vag·a·bond
Pronunciation: /ˈvaɡəˌbänd


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.
1.1 informal dated A rascal; a rogue.
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  • It would be most unusual if there were not rogues and vagabonds in the industry.
  • Considering her taste in men she'll probably run off with another backwater vagabond, who's been partially tamed by the military.
  • Bind him fast or by Zeus, I shall see you rotting in gaol alongside this upstart vagabond!


[attributive] Back to top  
Having no settled home.
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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.


[no object] archaic Back to top  
Wander about as or like a vagabond.
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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.


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



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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.

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