- 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 (â€œwandering aboutâ€), from Anglo-Norman wakerant, wacrant, walcrant (â€œvagrantâ€), Old French wacrant, waucrant (â€œwandering aboutâ€), present participle of wacrer, waucrer, walcrer (â€œto wander, wander about as a vagabondâ€), from Frankish *walkrÅn (â€œto wander aboutâ€), frequentative form of *walkÅn (â€œto walk, wander, trample, stomp, fullâ€), from Proto-Germanic *walkÅnÄ…, *walkanÄ… (â€œto twist, turn, roll about, fullâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (â€œto twist, turn, moveâ€). Cognate with Old High German walchan, walkan (â€œto move up and down, press together, full, walk, wanderâ€), Middle Dutch walken (â€œto knead, fullâ€), Old English wealcan (â€œto rollâ€), Old English Ä¡ewealcan (â€œto go, walk aboutâ€), Old Norse valka (â€œto wanderâ€), Latin valgus (â€œbandy-legged, bow-leggedâ€). More at walk.