vagrant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vagrant continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another "a drifting double-dealer","the floating population","vagrant hippies of the sixties"
    • n vagrant a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vagrant Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled. "That beauteous Emma vagrant courses took.""While leading this vagrant and miserable life, Johnson fell in love."
    • n Vagrant One who strolls from place to place; one who has no settled habitation; an idle wanderer; a sturdy beggar; an incorrigible rogue; a vagabond. "Vagrants and outlaws shall offend thy view."
    • Vagrant Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation; as, a vagrant beggar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vagrant Wandering from place to place; roving, with uncertain direction or destination; moving or going hither and thither; having no certain course.
    • vagrant Uncertain; erratic.
    • vagrant Of or pertaining to one who wanders; unsettled; vagabond.
    • vagrant In medicine, wandering: as, vagrant cells (wandering white corpuscles of the blood).
    • n vagrant A wanderer; a rover; a rambler.
    • n vagrant An idle stroller; a vagabond; a loafer; a tramp: now the ordinary meaning.
    • n vagrant In law the word vagrant has a much more extended meaning than that assigned to it in ordinary language, and in its application the notion of wandering is almost lost, the object of the statutes being to subject to police control various ill-defined classes of persons whose habits of life are inconsistent with the good order of society. In the English statutes vagrants are divided into three grades: idle and disorderly persons, or such as, while able to maintain themselves and families, neglect to do so, unlicensed peddlers or chapmen, beggars, common prostitutes, etc.; rogues and vagabonds, notoriously idle and disorderly persons, fortune-tellers and other like impostors, public gamblers and sharpers, persons having no visible means of living and unable to give a good account of themselves, etc.; incorrigible rogues—that is, such as have been repeatedly convicted as rogues and vagabonds, jail-breakers, and persons escaping from legal durance, etc. In the United States the statutes are diverse, but in their general features include to a greater or less extent beggars, drunken parents who refuse or fail to support their children, paupers when dissolute and sick. prostitutes, public masqueraders, tramps, truants, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vagrant vā′grant wandering without any settled dwelling: unsettled: uncertain, erratic:
    • n Vagrant one who has no settled home: an idle or disorderly person: a beggar
    • adj Vagrant vā′grant (med.) wandering
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. OF. waucrant, wacrant, p. p. of waucrer, wacrer, walcrer, to wander (probably of Teutonic origin), but influenced by F. vagant, p. pr. of vaguer, to stray, L. vagari,. Cf. Vagary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vagans, -antis, pr.p. of vagāri, to wander; with r intruded.

Usage

In literature:

He took one boy off with him to be a vagrant.
"The Harvest of Years" by Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
He ascended the bank, and regaining the highroad resumed his vagrant way.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
You're sure jingled or you wouldn't talk so vagrant.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
The Swiss soldier folded his arms, staring hard at that crouching vagrant brought from Beausejour.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
This cannot be done by banishing white trash and the vagrant Negro; for that is neither possible nor practicable.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
A solid which does not lie in one moment will be called 'vagrant.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
Lady Pickering felt convinced that this was mere vagrant curiosity on Gerald's part.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We went on expeditions up the mountains, and lived a sort of vagrant life that was just what we both needed.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
He objected to having camp vagrants take liberties with his leg.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
The vagrant thought struck me.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
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In poetry:

Hither the vagrant bee,
From the broad fields and sunshine all astray,
Loiters the idle hours of noon away,
In golden dreams like me.
"The Woods in June" by Kate Seymour Maclean
My husband died, and now no more
My smile was sought, or ask'd my hand,
A widow'd vagrant, vile and poor,
Beneath a vagrant's vile command.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
O! now when pouring on the ear
That strain of force the soul to thrill,
To tempt an angel from his sphere,
And bid the vagrant air be still;
"To Her I Love" by Charlotte Dacre
Of crops destroyed by vernal cold,
And vagrant sheep that left my fold;
Of these she heard, yet bore to hear;
And is not Flavia then sincere?
"Song" by William Shenstone
Seeing those vagrants of the sky
Float through the deep beyond their hark,
Like Arabs through the wastes of air,—
A flash, a dream, from dark to dark,—
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
And out of all thy woe there came to me
This miracle of dogma, like a cry:
"No law but freedom for the vagrant bee--
No love but summer for the butterfly."
"To C. 33" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove

In news:

Active Child Hanging On You Are All I See Vagrant Records.
There was a bit of disconnect between the sleepy debut album by Dhani Harrison's band Thenewno2, "You are Here" (Vagrant), and the galvanizing performance the band put on in August at Lollapalooza in Grant Park.
Girls Aloud have achieved huge success in the UK, outselling every other girl group in history, but they remain a virtual mystery in the US, where only a few vagrant hits have strayed onto chancier dance floors.
Smith plays the depressed, frequently drunk, vagrant, superpowered Hancock, who gets a public-relations agent (Jason Bateman) to help restore his image in this action-comedy.
Vagrants use vacant lot .
The pair were found hiding in a second floor closet by two officers who were doing a routine sweep of vacant properties that attract vagrants , according to the report.
Ghostory, the follow-up to 2010?s Disconnect From Desire, hits shelves February 28 on Vagrant /Ghostly International.
Georgia-based rock band Reptar has signed with Vagrant .
You might be there for the next vagrant , but remember, they're all beautiful and amazing creatures.
Vagrant makes himself at home after break in.
Even though the boots he gave a barefoot homeless man have disappeared from the vagrant's feet, the police officer who reached into his.
0Columbia officials are destroying abandoned homes that have been known to house vagrants and criminal activity.
The vagrant charged with killing a Queens father said he heard voices in his head just moments before the horrific crime.
The Manhattan Mini Storage on Spring Street is filled each night with a host of vagrants, loiterers and sleeping homeless — a veritable flophouse that echoes the worst of the old Bowery.
I sat at the table with the bums and vagrants.
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