Adjective "vagrant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person without a settled home or regular work who wanders from place to place and lives by begging.
  1. 'Residents said since the murder was discovered, police paramilitaries had been conducting an aggressive campaign to check identities in a search for vagrants, who are the prime suspects.'
  2. 'When Stern bought his first camera in 1948, he wandered around the Bowery in Chinatown, photographing vagrants.'
  3. 'Under the plans, instead of money being given to vagrants, well-meaning shoppers can put it in yellow collection boxes dotted around the major stores in Swindon.'
  4. 'In addition to existing handouts, vagrants can choose from a list of new options of receiving free dental care, employment assistance, and substance abuse counseling.'
  5. 'These once-a-year events, where the city's vagrants would move from the warm soup factories in the north to their usual habitat of the Strongbow breweries in the city's south, were the scourge of the middle classes.'
  6. 'The brilliant camera work sympathetically follows him from street corners where he shares a dazed smoke with a couple of wrinkled vagrants to a silent pond where his exhausted mind conjures up startling hallucinations.'
  7. 'In addition to a person to lock the gates, a night watchman has been employed to keep the vagrants from climbing over the fence at night and sleeping on the stalls where food is sold during the day.'
  8. 'Mayors have no moral grounds to complain about good Samaritans who feed vagrants when all else that's available to the homeless are sterile, unattractive environments.'
  9. 'There is growing concern among community leaders that drunks and vagrants are causing problems in public places, and volunteers are now carrying out sweeps of the shopping area to weed out troublemakers.'
  10. 'Identifying a clear-cut programme, the National Women's Action Committee announced a campaign to rid the streets of vagrants.'
  11. 'Of the Mayflower colonists at Plymouth there were only 35 members of an identifiable Puritan congregation, with 67 other migrants ranging from entrepreneurs to vagrants.'
  12. 'most birders are hoping to find the wind-blown vagrants of migration'
  13. 'This bird may have been a visitor from Victoria, or a vagrant from the population in eastern Asia.'
  14. 'Snowy Plovers are rare vagrants to eastern Washington in April and May.'


Relating to or living the life of a vagrant.
  1. 'In Elizabethan England the poor laws were enacted to control vagrant men who were seen as subversive.'
  2. 'Nineteenth-century legislation very often targeted the social control of abandoned or orphaned children, since unruly vagrant youths were seen as potentially dangerous to society.'
  3. 'I am now no better than your pregnant vagrant friend in the eyes of the government, and I expect I will be treated with exactly the same lack of sympathy.'
  4. 'Would the advocates back off if police brought vagrant lawbreakers to shelters instead of arresting them?'
  5. 'She has a group of friends, all vagrant children eking out a living doing odd jobs, from boot polishing to selling flowers to rag-picking.'
  6. 'A recent law that bars police from rousting homeless people from the city has expanded the vagrant population in a city unused to street people.'
  7. 'The civic authorities plead helplessness in feeding the vagrant population and point out that a proposal to rehabilitate them in the suburbs is hanging fire.'
  8. 'I asked him what he, as a sharp lad, thought was the cause of so many boys becoming vagrant pickpockets?'
  9. 'We know you ran away with those vagrant teenagers.'
  10. 'But in Folkestone, the sun glinted off the sea and vagrant scavenging gulls wheeled around.'
  11. 'We hear of these wild, vagrant saints, rather along the lines of John the Baptist.'
  12. 'I have to find my vagrant husband for the next dance, and I expect to see you two out there, too.'
  13. 'Instead, it reaches the reader ‘through a vagrant sympathy and a kind of immediate contact’.'
  14. 'One vagrant breath of wind can ruin an entire weekend.'
  15. 'A son's love is a vagrant thing and may be given and refused without reason.'


1. a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp.

2. Law. an idle person without visible means of support, as a tramp or beggar.

3. a person who wanders from place to place; wanderer; rover.

4. wandering idly without a permanent home or employment; living in vagabondage: vagrant beggars.

5. of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagrant: the vagrant life. adjective

6. wandering or roaming from place to place; nomadic.

7. (of plants) st

More examples(as adjective)

"daughters can be vagrant."

"whales can be vagrant."

"waifs can be vagrant."

"visitors can be vagrant."

"trios can be vagrant."

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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French vagarant ‘wandering about’, from the verb vagrer.