AskDefine | Define vagrant

Dictionary Definition

vagrant adj : continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties" [syn: aimless, drifting, floating, vagabond] n : a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support [syn: drifter, floater, vagabond]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old French vagarant 'wandering about', from vagrer 'wander'.


  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. A bird found outside it species' usual range.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Vagrancy can refer to one of two phenomena:
Vagrant may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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