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VAG'ABOND, a. [L. vagabundus, from vagor, to wander; from the root of wag.]

1. Wandering; moving from place to place without any settled habitation; as a vagabond exile.

2. Wandering; floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.

Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream.

VAG'ABOND, n. [supra.] A vagrant; one who wanders from town to town or place to place, having no certain dwelling, or not abiding in it. By the laws of England and of the United States, vagabonds are liable to be taken up and punished.




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VAG'ABOND, a. [L. vagabundus, from vagor, to wander; from the root of wag.]

1. Wandering; moving from place to place without any settled habitation; as a vagabond exile.

2. Wandering; floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.

Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream.

VAG'ABOND, n. [supra.] A vagrant; one who wanders from town to town or place to place, having no certain dwelling, or not abiding in it. By the laws of England and of the United States, vagabonds are liable to be taken up and punished.


VAG'A-BOND, a. [L. vagabundus, from vagor, to wander; from the root of wag.]

  1. Wandering; moving from place to place without any settled habitation; as, a vagabond exile. – Shak.
  2. Wandering; floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro. Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream. – Shak.

VAG'A-BOND, n. [supra.]

A vagrant; one who wanders from town to town or place to place, having no certain dwelling, or not abiding in it. By the laws of England and of the United States, vagabonds are liable to be taken up and punished.


Vag"a*bond
  1. Moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering.

    "Vagabond exile." Shak.
  2. 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.

    * 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
    Milton.

  5. Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
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Vagabond

VAG'ABOND, adjective [Latin vagabundus, from vagor, to wander; from the root of wag.]

1. Wandering; moving from place to place without any settled habitation; as a vagabond exile.

2. Wandering; floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.

Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream.

VAG'ABOND, noun [supra.] A vagrant; one who wanders from town to town or place to place, having no certain dwelling, or not abiding in it. By the laws of England and of the United States, vagabonds are liable to be taken up and punished.

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