Definitions for: Vagabond

[n] anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place; "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"
[n] a person who has no fixed home
[adj] continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"
[adj] wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community; "led a vagabond life"; "a rootless wanderer"
[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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.

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

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