1. Moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering. “Vagabond exile.”
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. --Milton.
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.
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.
adj 1: wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community;
"led a vagabond life"; "a rootless wanderer" [syn: rootless]
2: continually changing especially as from one abode or
occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the
floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties"
[syn: aimless, drifting, floating, vagrant]
n 1: anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place;
"pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"
2: a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means
of support [syn: vagrant, drifter, floater]
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"; "They rolled from town to town"
[syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam,
cast, ramble, rove, range, drift]
from Lat. vagabundus, "a wanderer," "a fugitive;" not used
opprobriously (Gen. 4:12, R.V., "wanderer;" Ps. 109:10; Acts
19:13, R.V., "strolling").