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vagrant

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Definition someone who is poor and has no regular home or job

Less commonly, and especially long ago, you may see vagrant used to emphasize that a poor person wanders from place to place. Even more rarely, it can describe an animal as being in a place it usually is not, or to describe anything that varies or seems random such as the seeming haphazard direction in which a certain weed spreads, or the fleeting quality of something smelled for only an instant.
  • She says the American hobo has nearly died out and that today's developed world is hard on vagrants in general.
vagrants = people who are poor and have no regular home or job
  • Police used to be allowed to use their discretion in deciding whether to arrest any vagrant.
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • You know a vagrant is anybody a cop don't like.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • From time to time, a vagrant or a wino would wander through the front door, assuming the house was deserted.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • Tom said, "They'll be somebody else foun' dead right 'longside of this here vagrant."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • So he takes this little guy in, an' they give him sixty days in jail for vagrancy.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrancy = for hanging around without a regular home or means of support
  • You'll see a lot of them little lines, 'Vagrant foun' dead.'
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • Got a law about vagrants.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrants = people who are poor and have no regular home or job
  • If I pay you a half a dollar I ain't a vagrant, huh?
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • Vagrant foun' dead.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • vagrant = someone who is poor and has no regular home or job
  • And Leonora also imagined that Edward and Nancy picked her up and threw her down as suited their purely vagrant moods.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • For us that movement of the peoples from west to east, without leaders, with a crowd of vagrants, and with Peter the Hermit, remains incomprehensible.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Looks like you've had a vagrant spending a night or two in there.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • Poor Rosamond's vagrant fancy had come back terribly scourged—meek enough to nestle under the old despised shelter.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • This latter group included not just vagrants and criminals, but anyone who happened to be poor or a recent arrival to the city.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The sheriff returns to the lot with railroad officials and makes noises about vagrancy laws.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • In this great camp of vagrant floaters he lost himself: he came home into this world from loneliness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • What! he a vagrant, a wanderer, who refuses to budge?
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • There was a vagrant wisp of hair on her cheek; I brushed it away gently and kissed her without waking her.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • OEDIPUS A vagrant shepherd journeying for hire?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King

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