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Vagabond (adjective)

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Vágabond. adj. [vagabundus, low Latin. vagabond, Fr.]

  1. Wandering without any settled habitation; wanting a home.

    Let them pronounce the steep Tarpeian death;
    Vagabond exile: yet I wou'd not buy
    Their mercy at the price of one fair word.
    Shakes. Cor.

    A vagabond debtor may be cited in whatever place or jurisdiction he is found. Ayliffe's Parergon.

  2. Wandering; vagrant.

                This common body,
    Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
    Goes to, and back, lacquying the varying tide.
    Shakes.

            Their prayers by envious winds
    Blown vagabond or frustrate.
    Milton.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Ayliffe, John (43) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Milton, John (449)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Vagabond (adjective)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5581.


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