- The definition of vagrant is living on the streets or wandering.
An example of the use of vagrant as an adjective is in the phrase "a vagrant family," which means a family who constantly moves from place to place without ever having a home.
- Vagrant is defined as a person who wanders.
An example of a vagrant is a homeless person who travels from place to place.
vagrant definition by Webster's New World
- a person who wanders from place to place or lives a wandering life; rover
- one who wanders from place to place without a regular job, supporting oneself by begging, etc.; idle wanderer; vagabond
- Law a tramp, beggar, prostitute, or similar idle or disorderly persons whose way of living makes them liable to arrest and detention
Origin: Middle English vagraunt, probably ; from Anglo-French wacrant, walcrant ; from Old French walcrer, to wander ; from Frankish an unverified form walken (see walk): influenced, influence probably by Classical Latin vagari, to wander
- wandering from place to place or living a wandering life; roaming; nomadic
- living the life of a vagabond or tramp
- of or characteristic of a vagrant
- characterized by straggling growth: said of plants
- following no fixed direction, course, or pattern; random, wayward, fleeting, erratic, etc.
- vagrantly adverb
vagrant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
- A wanderer; a rover.
- One who lives on the streets and constitutes a public nuisance.
- Wandering from place to place and lacking any means of support.
- Wayward; unrestrained: a vagrant impulse.
- Moving in a random fashion; not fixed in place: “Thanks to a vagrant current of the Gulf Stream, a stretch of the Kola coast is free of ice year round” (Jack Beatty).
Origin: Middle English vagraunt, probably alteration of Old French wacrant, present participle of wacrer, to wander, of Germanic origin.
- vaˈgrant·ly adverb