vagrantly, adv.vagrantness, n.
/vay"greuhnt/, n.
1. a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp.
2. Law. an idle person without visible means of support, as a tramp or beggar.
3. a person who wanders from place to place; wanderer; rover.
4. wandering idly without a permanent home or employment; living in vagabondage: vagrant beggars.
5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vagrant: the vagrant life.
6. wandering or roaming from place to place; nomadic.
7. (of plants) straggling in growth.
8. not fixed or settled, esp. in course; moving hither and thither: a vagrant leaf blown by the wind.
[1400-50; late ME vagaraunt, appar. prp. of AF *vagrer, perh. < ME *vagren, b. vagen ( < L vagari to wander) and *walcren ( > OF wa(u)crer), equiv. to walc- (see WALK) + -r- freq. suffix + -en inf. suffix]
Syn. 1. VAGRANT, VAGABOND describe an idle, disreputable person who lacks a fixed abode. VAGRANT suggests a tramp, a person with no settled abode or livelihood, an idle and disorderly person: picked up by police as a vagrant. VAGABOND especially emphasizes the idea of worthless living, often by trickery, thieving, or other disreputable means: Actors were once classed with rogues and vagabonds.

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