- ( RP, US ) IPA: /ˈveɪ.ɡrənt/, X-SAMPA: /"veI.gr@nt/
- A person without a home or job.
- A wanderer .
- ( ornithology ) A bird found outside its species’ usual range .
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 .
Explanation of vagrant by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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”.
- 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.
Definition of vagrant by GCIDE Dictionary