Adjective "vagabond" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who wanders from place to place without a home or job.
  1. 'Judging by the clothing quality, the individual looked like a vagabond.'
  2. 'Where have they gone, those loafing heroes of folk song, those vagabonds who roam from one mill to another and bed down under the stars.'
  3. 'Every European country legislated against vagrancy, often insisting that vagabonds should be returned to their parish of origin, and if necessary whipped or branded to deter them from trying again.'
  4. 'He then became a vagabond, initially sleeping on the streets or wherever he could find shelter.'
  5. 'He is, says his biographer, ‘an old-fashioned theatrical vagabond, travelling light’.'
  6. 'A decree of Napoleon in 1808 sent vagabonds to prison and beggars to dépôts de mendicité where they were subjected to forced labour.'
  7. 'Three categories of poor were subsequently recognized: sturdy beggars or vagabonds, regarded as potential trouble-makers, the infirm, and the deserving unemployed.'
  8. 'Vagabond Tales is loosely based around the adventures of a musical vagabond who travels around the world and through time to bring different kinds of music back to the traveling minstrels of Barrage.'
  9. 'A group of vagabonds and derelicts inhabit a shelter in Moscow, presided over by a fanatical leader who preaches the love of everyone for everyone.'
  10. 'Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Eleanor cared for a succession of hoboes, vagabonds, and bums who called at the back door of the large house the family owned on Hamond Street in Chicago.'
  11. 'The husband arranges her marriage with a person who is considered a vagabond.'
  12. 'I don't attract a clientele of vagabonds and rogues and scurrilous types with evil motives.'
  13. 'She got married one lunchtime and didn't tell her parents until she was four months pregnant, because my father was an actor, and actors then were kind of vagabonds, you know.'
  14. 'We can't afford first time grants for houses, but we can afford €60m to buy an ego boosting plane for the vagabonds who squandered the boom years.'
  15. 'It would be most unusual if there were not rogues and vagabonds in the industry.'


Having no settled home.
  1. 'Niche travel, which is the category we vagabond surfers fall under, is available online too.'
  2. 'A vagabond performer, he was born with severe abnormalities, including two lumps on either side of his forehead (which look suspiciously like budding horns) and malformed feet.'
  3. 'I suppose if I were a journalist with some newspaper's or magazine's code of ethics, instead of being a vagabond poet, I might have to be careful about accepting even pens and calendar.'
  4. 'And he was there, the vagabond journeyman sorcerer that had seized what must have seemed a reasonable opportunity at the time.'
  5. 'I can't quit my job and become a vagabond anti-imperial rebel at this stage of my life.'
  6. 'Block out the sight of vagabond children hawking tat at traffic intersections.'
  7. 'A vagabond black crow which was found wandering in Kimberley Road a few days ago, is now lodging at the Queen's Park Zoo until someone claims him - for he appears to be a pet.'
  8. 'Well these visions unfold in front of me like a play put on by a traveling band of vagabond gypsies.'


Wander about as or like a vagabond.
  1. 'I think she was happy vagabonding with the couple.'
  2. 'He vagabonded his way to Paris and immediately settled into a bohemian life.'
  3. 'At home most of the time, I would bundle my baby in his stroller and go vagabonding as and when the weather would allow.'


1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic: a vagabond tribe.

2. leading an unsettled or carefree life.

3. disreputable; worthless; shiftless.

4. of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond: vagabond habits.

5. having an uncertain or irregular course or direction: a vagabond voyage. noun

6. a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad.

7. an idle wanderer without a permanent home or visible means of suppo

More examples(as adjective)

"styles can be vagabond."

"poets can be vagabond."

"poachers can be vagabond."

"papers can be vagabond."

"lives can be vagabond."

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Middle English (originally denoting a criminal): from Old French, or from Latin vagabundus, from vagari ‘wander’.