Vagabond Vag"a*bond, n. One who wanders from place to place, having no fixed dwelling, or not abiding in it, and usually without the means of honest livelihood; a vagrant; a tramp; hence, a worthless person; a rascal. [1913 Webster]

A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be. --Gen. iv. 12. [1913 Webster]

Note: In English and American law, vagabond is used in bad sense, denoting one who is without a home; a strolling, idle, worthless person. Vagabonds are described in old English statutes as ``such as wake on the night and sleep on the day, and haunt customable taverns and alehouses, and routs about; and no man wot from whence they came, nor whither they go.'' In American law, the term vagrant is employed in the same sense. Cf {Rogue}, n., 1. --Burrill. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

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