Vagrant is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of vagrant, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
EXAMPLES - Vagrant in a Sentence
- I asked, wondering how he'd ended up a vagrant on a subway. (source)
- "Why, a vagrant is a man what wanders, and what has no money." (source)
- In his strange cold eyes a vagrant gleam grew wayward and blind and bright, (source)
- However, the use of the word "vagrant" is calling Oedipus 'father the vagrant. (source)
- You look at me and call me vagrant, But I'm just a man trying to find his soul. (source)
- What we are hearing about the home, Nancy, is that it was known as a vagrant home. (source)
- It has to be remembered that the vagrant is a dangerous person in more ways that one. (source)
- And other than Beck and some haunted-looking vagrant named Frank Gaffney, who's complaining? (source)
- Then the fisherman has a harmless, preoccupied look; he is a kind of vagrant that nothing fears. (source)
- He even goes to the trouble of hunting down his vagrant father just to say it out loud, repeatedly. (source)
- Over the last several years, however, the vagrant population has grown more territorial and violent. (source)
- "This is evidenced by the easy access that a so-called vagrant had to President Thabo Mbeki's residence. (source)
- Not to mention the annoying vagrant played by John C. Reilly, who speaks in falsetto throughout the film. (source)
- It turns out that the "vagrant" was actually an undercover NYPD officer conducting an active investigation. (source)
- Faith, love, art, science, even existence are of no consequence to continental plates and vagrant air masses. (source)
- "I fear it is so," said I, "and, I believe, of all habits, those of a vagrant are the most difficult to overcome. (source)
- Because let's be clear: This is not all Marty's fault and you can't put it all on the putative vagrant population. (source)
- I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. (source)
- Every wrenching pain persists on dragging out some vagrant memory from my spine that knocks off vertebrae like dominoes. (source)
- This consists of a group of (white) men egging on a ragged-coated (also white) vagrant as he dances drunkenly for their amusement. (source)
- Gorki despises this kind of vagrant, and he never misses an opportunity in his stories to disassociate them from nature's true vagabonds. (source)
- Here are their questions: Will I live here or have to move between them like a vagrant with a Jansport backpack and a portable DVD player? (source)
- This thriftless slave of passion, this child-man, this much condemned clog to the progress of Southern civilization is called the vagrant Negro. (source)
- A moth-eaten old vagrant called The Pirate, who lives in a shack with his many dogs, promises St. Francis a golden candlestick in exchange for saving a sick pup. (source)
- Was friendly fate flying danger signals by arranging and accentuating this vivid contrast, in order to recall his vagrant wits, to cement his wavering allegiance? (source)
- Perhaps this is true - but only with community support - and what community wants to support a "vagrant" or a "bum" who can't even hold a job or make the house payments? (source)
- Perhaps this is true -- but not without community support -- and what community wants to support a "vagrant" or a "bum" who can't even hold a job or make the house payments? (source)
- 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. (source)
- "'Much street-car and ferry analysis of this problem that I have overheard seems to believe that this army created its own degraded self, that a vagrant is a vagrant from personal desire and perversion. (source)
- He was an unshaven, sandal-clad vagrant who claimed no permanent address, fed thousands in public spaces, spoke against economic inequality and materialism, and was firmly committed to peace and nonviolence. (source)
- It seems to you that you could never endure a total failure, and you hardly see how you could bear, with any sort of equanimity, even the vacant gaze or restless movement that would bespeak a vagrant interest. (source)
- What Bond puts on stage is some of the material that Shakespeare left out: common land is being enclosed (Bond suggests that the dramatist signed up to this), bears are being baited, vagrant women are strung up. (source)
- He could quickly get on terms with them because, despite my urgings, he was usually dressed like a vagrant, wearing a grubby shirt or T-shirt, jeans or jogger bottoms, and battered sneakers, and with his hair all awry. (source)
- They are often confused with the Avars whose empire on the Danube was broken by Charlemagne; but Komarov asserts that they are of more recent origin as a tribe, their name being Lowland Turki for "vagrant" or "refugee." (source)
- This bold suggestion was greeted with general approval save by the squire, who protested that a man could not be called a vagrant who had paid seventy dollars in cash for his clearing and was never known to beg or steal. (source)
- Huot Sokhom, the deputy chief of the police-run rehab center in Siem Reap, denied allegations that people are forced into drug treatment, explaining, "Those vagrant people we collect from the streets volunteer to come with us". (source)
- Every man that has ever undertaken to instruct others can tell what slow advances he has been able to make, and how much patience it requires to recall vagrant inattention, to stimulate sluggish indifference, and to rectify absurd misapprehension. (source)
- Every man, that has ever undertaken to instruct others, can tell what slow advances he has been able to make, and how much patience it requires to recall vagrant inattention, to stimulate sluggish indifference, and to rectify absurd misapprehension. (source)
- P.S. - I'm going to send a letter to every bookstore in the US, letting them know that if they see an unshowered, lame-ass vagrant of a turd named Ran-Dell standing around, reading all their Conan magazines, they have the liberty to pummel you and lock you in a dumpster. (source)
- But - leaving aside the failure so far of belief in the tooth fairy to generate martyrdom or the Divina Commedia - the fundamental mistake is to consider belief itself, in its corporate religious context, as more or less exclusively a mental event: an eccentric, 'vagrant' mental event, a virus, to use another analogy that has found some popularity. (source)
- The "vagrant" there might be hired out for full twelve months, and the money arising from his labor, in case the man had no wife and children, was directed to be applied for "the benefit of the orphans and poor of the county," although the negro had been declared a vagrant because he had no visible means of support, and was therefore quite as much in need of the avails of his labor as those to whom the law diverted them. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "vagrant" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 8 synonyms for vagrant.
drifter, floater, homeless person, itinerant, rolling stone, street person, transient, wanderer
We have 0 antonyms for vagrant.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of vagrant from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) 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.
- (adjective) Wandering from place to place and lacking any means of support.
- (adjective) Wayward; unrestrained: a vagrant impulse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A person without a home or job.
- (noun) A wanderer.
- (noun) A bird found outside its species’ usual range.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Moving without certain direction; wandering; erratic; unsettled.
- (adjective) Wandering from place to place without any settled habitation.
- (noun) One who strolls from place to place; one who has no settled habitation; an idle wanderer; a sturdy beggar; an incorrigible rogue; a vagabond.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Wandering from place to place; roving, with uncertain direction or destination; moving or going hither and thither; having no certain course.
- (None) Uncertain; erratic.
- (None) Of or pertaining to one who wanders; unsettled; vagabond.
- (None) In medicine, wandering: as, vagrant cells (wandering white corpuscles of the blood).
- (noun) A wanderer; a rover; a rambler.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
- (noun) a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support