vagabond

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vagabond continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another "a drifting double-dealer","the floating population","vagrant hippies of the sixties"
    • adj vagabond wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community "led a vagabond life","a rootless wanderer"
    • v vagabond 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"
    • n vagabond anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"
    • n vagabond a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vagabond Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
    • Vagabond 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."
    • Vagabond Moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering. "Vagabond exile."
    • n Vagabond 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.☞ 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. "A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be."
    • v. i Vagabond 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vagabond Wandering; moving from place to place without any settled habitation; nomadic.
    • vagabond Floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.
    • vagabond Of or pertaining to a vagabond or worthless stroller; vagrant.
    • vagabond Not sedentary, as a spider; belonging to the Vagabundæ.
    • n vagabond One who is without a settled home; one who goes from place to place; a wanderer; a vagrant: not necessarily in a bad sense.
    • n vagabond An idle, worthless stroller from place to place without, fixed habitation or visible means of earning an honest livelihood; in law, an idle, worthless vagrant. See vagrant.
    • n vagabond An idle, worthless fellow; a scamp; a rascal.
    • n vagabond One of the Vagabundæ.
    • n vagabond A pyralid moth, Crambus vulgivagellus. See cut under Crambidæ.
    • vagabond To wander about in an idle manner; play the vagabond: sometimes with an indefinite it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vagabond vag′a-bond wandering: having no settled home: driven to and fro: unsettled
    • n Vagabond one who wanders without any settled habitation: a wandering, idle fellow: a scamp, a rascal
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Quotations

  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. vagabundus, from vagari, to stroll about, from vagus, strolling. See Vague

Usage

In literature:

Fraternitye of vagabondes, 183.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
It is not even certainly known how many vagabonds there are in the country.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
I could not submit to stay at the station like a vagabond, and I could not find my way alone.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, April 1875, Vol. XV., No. 88" by Various
The vagabond won't fight like a Christian.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
Such vagabondism and beauty in the figure before me!
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
I suppose that's the geography the vagabonds teach you?
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Must I keep an open house for every strolling vagabond in the country?
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
What do you know about that old vagabond?
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
His vagabond days were nearly over.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Lucky the day when I met you unwittingly, Dining where vagabonds came and went flittingly.
"More Songs From Vagabondia" by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
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In poetry:

He flew; his flight
Neither high nor wide
Was a vagabond's
To a seedman's stride.
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
Listless Vagabond of summer,
Gliding aimless o'er the Earth,
Bringing life and love and laughter
From the Sun, that gave you birth.
"The Four Winds" by R S Ward
Poor vagabond, so old and mild,
Will they not keep him for a night?
And She, a woman great with child,
So frail and pitiful and white.
"The Fourth Shepherd" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Whence cometh such tender rapture?
And what's to be done with it, artful
Young vagabond, passing minstrel
With lashes—to long to say.
"Whence Cometh Such Tender Rapture?" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Or if I should seek him who loves me too well,
Do you think with my head on his breast he could tell?
Would he know that however I strove to be true
My vagabond heart was still following you?
"Words To An Irish Air" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Love is homeless in a palace and in company is lone;
She's a vagabond in riches, and a vassal on a throne,
In the gilded halls of fortune, on the airy heights of fame,
If she's unresuscitated by the husbandman or dame.
"The Haven Of The Lees" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Vagabond a jazz dazzler .
Plans are underway to restore The Vagabond Hotel in Miami's MiMo neighborhood.
10 pm Friday, November 2, at the Vagabond , 30 NE 14th St, Miami.
Footwear label Vagabond has expanded its offering with an accessories line for fall 2012.
David Frost (Michael Zemarel, left) interviews Richard Nixon (Jeff Murray) in "Frost/Niixon" at the Vagabond Players.
The Vagabond Inn Executive hotel in Sacramento Old Town is located just off I-5 and a half block from Old Town Sacramento.
Pop-Up dining is coming to Kansas City with Alex Pope's Vagabond .
Portland's Vagabond Opera's 'Queen of Knives' is one sharp show.
The brief history of Vagabonds is as follows (and can also be found on our website: www.stringsmith.com/zencart.
My niece, Alison, with the Vagabond guitar.
A Vagabond Who Sees the World Starkly.
Vagabond 'NewsRadio' hopes Tuesday spot will be its charm.
Vagabond writer Craig Childs on 20,000 years of wanderlust.
Honey Brook based Vagabond Acting Troupe offers winter shows and workshops.
At the Vagabond Players, the focus is on a mother's struggles with mental illness.
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In science:

Fig. 2 (a) The “TGV effect” on the LEP beam energy , due (b) to the vagabond current from electric trains returning via the LEP ring.
Testing the Standard Model and Beyond
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