n. person without permanent home who moves from place to place; wanderer; tramp
A vagabond is at home nowhere because he wanders: a child should wander because it ought to be at home everywhere.
Sentence in Classic:
I know that, but for the mercy of God, I might easily have been, for any care that was taken of me, a little robber or a little vagabond.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
We told him why we wanted him to come into the kitchen, and he slowly laid down his hammer, wiped his brow with his arm, took another wipe at it with his apron, and came slouching out, with a curious loose vagabond bend in the knees that strongly distinguished him.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
Then I became a young vagabond; and instead of one old woman knocking me about and starving me, everybody of all ages knocked me about and starved me.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
People had spoken of a prowler of evil appearance; a suspicious vagabond had arrived who must be somewhere about the town, and those who should take it into their heads to return home late that night might be subjected to unpleasant encounters.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
Whenever she was restless she dodged her thoughts by the familiar vagabond fallacy of running away from them, of moving on to a new place, and thus she persuaded herself that she was tranquil.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context
Perhaps he is a vagabond sailor whom she has taken from some foreign vessel, for we have no neighbours; or some god has at last come down from heaven in answer to her prayers, and she is going to live with him all the rest of her life.