Other Word Forms of Vagrant
Origin of Vagrant
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 *walkōnÄ…, *walkanÄ… (“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 Ä¡ewealcan (“to go, walk about"), Old Norse valka (“to wander"), Latin valgus (“bandy-legged, bow-legged"). More at walk.
Middle English vagraunt probably alteration of Old French wacrant present participle of wacrer to wander of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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