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Definition of "vagrant" []

  • One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood. (noun)
  • A wanderer; a rover. (noun)
  • One who lives on the streets and constitutes a public nuisance. (noun)
  • Wandering from place to place and lacking any means of support. (adjective)
  • Wayward; unrestrained: a vagrant impulse. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vagrant" in a sentence
  • "The effect was to strengthen the prejudice which held that playgoing was immoral in itself, and that an actor deserved to be treated as a 'vagrant' -- the class to which he legally belonged."
  • "Some of these lichens are not attached to any substrate and are known as vagrant lichens or Wanderflechten."
  • "She refused to call a vagrant or a street person anything other than god's people."