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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vagabondnoun

    anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place

    "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"

  2. vagrant, drifter, floater, vagabondadjective

    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

  3. rootless, vagabondadjective

    wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community

    "led a vagabond life"; "a rootless wanderer"

  4. aimless, drifting, floating, vagabond, vagrantverb

    continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another

    "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"

  5. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

    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"; "They rolled from town to town"


  1. vagabondnoun

    A person on a trip of indeterminate destination and/or length of time.

  2. vagabondnoun

    A bum, a hobo, a tramp, a homeless person, a rogue, a ne'er-do-well.

  3. vagabondverb

    To roam, as a vagabond

  4. Etymology: vagabundus, from vagari, ‘wander’.


  1. vagabond

    Vagrancy is the condition of homelessness without regular employment or income. Vagrants (also known as bums, vagabonds, rogues, tramps or drifters) usually live in poverty and support themselves by begging, scavenging, petty theft, temporary work, or social security (where available). Historically, vagrancy in Western societies was associated with petty crime, begging and lawlessness, and punishable by law with forced labor, military service, imprisonment, or confinement to dedicated labor houses. Both vagrant and vagabond ultimately derive from the Latin word vagari, meaning "to wander". The term vagabond is derived from Latin vagabundus. In Middle English, vagabond originally denoted a person without a home or employment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vagabondadjective

    moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering

  2. Vagabondadjective

    floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro

  3. Vagabondadjective

    being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious

  4. Vagabondnoun

    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

  5. Vagabondverb

    to play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. L. vagabundus, from vagari to stroll about, from vagus strolling. See Vague.]


  1. Vagabond

    Vagabond is an ongoing manga by Takehiko Inoue, portraying a fictionalized account of Miyamoto Musashi's life. The manga has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen Weekly Morning magazine since 1998 in Japan, with translations to English by VIZ Media. As of April 2013, 35 tankōbon volumes have been published in Japan, and 34 of them have been translated into English in the United States. Vagabond has, to this date, sold more than 22 million copies throughout the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vagabond

    vag′a-bond, adj. wandering: having no settled home: driven to and fro: unsettled.—n. one who wanders without any settled habitation: a wandering, idle fellow: a scamp, a rascal.—n. Vag′abondage.—v.t. Vag′abondise, to wander like a vagabond.—adj. Vag′abondish.—n. Vag′abondism. [Fr.,—Low L.,—vagāri, to wander—vagus, wandering.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vagabond in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vagabond in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of vagabond in a Sentence

  1. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    Perpetually restless, Thomas Wolfe was “without a home — a vagabond since [he] was seven” and seeking out where he belonged physically (i.e. in Asheville, his home or Harvard) as well as intellectually. This concept that he was indeed without a father led him to gain greater understanding, eventually realizing that his search for a patriarch was not merely a “father in the flesh,” but a substitution for God, a guiding light, and an alluring source of inspiration.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. disjointed
    • B. sought
    • C. reassuring
    • D. noninvasive

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