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Webster 1913 Edition


Vagrant

Va′grant

,
Adj.
[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
.

Va′grant

,
Noun.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Vagrant

VA'GRANT

,
Adj.
[L. vagor.]
1.
Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation; as a vagrant beggar.
2.
Wandering; unsettled; moving without any certain direction.
That beauteous Emma vagrant courses took.

VA'GRANT

,
Noun.
An idle wanderer; a vagabond; one who strolls from place to place; a sturdy beggar; one who has no settled habitation, or who does not abide in it.
Vagrants and outlaws shall offend thy view.

Definition 2021


vagrant

vagrant

English

Noun

vagrant (plural vagrants)

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

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Adjective

vagrant (comparative more vagrant, superlative most vagrant)

  1. Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled.
    • Prior
      That beauteous Emma vagrant courses took.
    • Macaulay
      While leading this vagrant and miserable life, Johnson fell in love.
  2. Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation.
    a vagrant beggar

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