- 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.
- 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 of vagrantMiddle 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.
- a. One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.b. Archaic A wanderer; a rover.
- One who lives on the streets or constitutes a public nuisance.
- An animal occurring beyond its normal range; an accidental.
- Wandering from place to place and lacking any means of support.
- Living on the streets or constituting a public nuisance.
- Inconstant or capricious; wayward: “She was resolved to win my vagrant fancy” (Frank Harris).
- Moving in a random fashion; having no fixed direction or pattern: vagrant ice floes; a vagrant aroma.
- Being beyond its normal range; accidental. Used of animals.
Origin of vagrantMiddle English vagraunt, probably alteration of Old French wacrant, present participle of wacrer, to wander, of Germanic origin.
(comparative more vagrant, superlative most vagrant)
- Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled.
- Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation.
- a vagrant beggar
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”), from Frankish *walkrōn (“to wander about”), frequentative form of *walkōn (“to walk, wander, trample, stomp, full”), from Proto-Germanic *walkōną, *walkaną (“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.