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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.


vagrant ‎(plural vagrants)

  1. A person without a home or job.
  2. A wanderer.
    Every morning before work, I see that poor vagrant around the neighborhood begging for food.
  3. (ornithology) A bird found outside its species’ usual range.


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vagrant ‎(comparative more vagrant, superlative most vagrant)

  1. Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled.
    • Prior
      That beauteous Emma vagrant courses took.
    • Macaulay
      While leading this vagrant and miserable life, Johnson fell in love.
  2. Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation.
    a vagrant beggar