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Meaning of vagrant by Wiktionary Dictionary

vagrant


    Pronunciation

    • ( RP, US ) IPA: /ˈveɪ.ɡrənt/, X-SAMPA: /"veI.gr@nt/

    Etymology

    From Middle English vagraunt ( “wandering about” ), from Anglo-Norman wakerant, wacrant, walcrant ( “vagrant” ), Old French wacrant, waucrant ( “wandering about” ), present participle of wacrer, waucrer, walcrer ( “to wander, wander about as a vagabond” ), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *walkrōn ( “to wander about” ), frequentative form of *walkōn ( “to walk, wander, trample, stomp, full” ), from Proto-Germanic *walkōnan, *walkanan ( “to twist, turn, roll about, full” ), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- ( “to twist, turn, move” ). Cognate with Old High German walchan, walkan ( “to move up and down, press together, full, walk, wander” ), Middle Dutch walken ( “to knead, full” ), Old English wealcan ( “to roll” ), Old English ġewealcan ( “to go, walk about” ), Old Norse valka ( “to wander” ), Latin valgus ( “bandy-legged, bow-legged” ). More at walk .

    Noun

    vagrant ( plural: vagrants )

    1. A person without a home or job.
    2. A wanderer .
      Every morning before work, I see that poor vagrant around the neighborhood begging for food .
    3. ( ornithology ) A bird found outside its species’ usual range .

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Explanation of vagrant by Wordnet Dictionary

vagrant


    Adjective
    1. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another

    2. vagrant hippies of the sixties
    Noun
    1. a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support



    Definition of vagrant by GCIDE Dictionary

    vagrant


    1. Vagrant a. [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.]

      1. Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled.

      That beauteous Emma vagrant courses took. Prior.

      While leading this vagrant and miserable life, Johnson fell in love. Macaulay.

      2. Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation; as, “a vagrant beggar”.

    2. Vagrant, n. 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. Prior.