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VA'GRANT, a. [L. vagor.]
n. & adj. --n. 1 a person without a settled home or regular work. 2 a wanderer or vagabond. --adj. 1 wandering or roving (a vagrant musician). 2 being a vagrant. Derivatives: vagrancy n. vagrantly adv. Etymology: ME f. AF vag(a)raunt, perh. alt. f. AF wakerant etc. by assoc. with L vagari wander
Vagrant Va"grant, a. [Probably fr. OF. waucrant, wacrant, p. p. of waucrer, wacrer, walcrer, to wander (probably of Teutonic origin), but influenced by F. vagant, p. pr. of vaguer to stray, L. vagari. Cf. Vagary.] 1. Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled. That beauteous Emma vagrant courses took. --Prior. While leading this vagrant and miserable life, Johnson fell in live. --Macaulay. 2. Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation; as, a vagrant beggar.
Vagrant Va"grant, n. One who strolls from place to place; one who has no settled habitation; an idle wanderer; a sturdy beggar; an incorrigible rogue; a vagabond. Vagrants and outlaws shall offend thy view. --Prior.
(vagrants) A vagrant is someone who moves a lot from place to place because they have no permanent home or job, and have to ask for or steal things in order to live. He lived on the street as a vagrant. = tramp N-COUNT
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