A vagabond is someone who moves around a lot. Picture Boxcar Willie, bandana on a stick thrown over his shoulder, going wherever the breeze takes him.

Vagabond can also be an adjective, a nomadic tribe is a vagabond one, or the person who moved eight times in two years is living a vagabond life. It's from the Latin word vagabundus (from vagari, "wander") which means "inclined to wander." So — if you were born a ramblin' man, you might just be a vagabond.

Definitions of vagabond

n a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

drifter, floater, vagrant
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a vagrant living on a beach
a tramp who habitually arrives at sundown
bum, hobo, tramp
a disreputable vagrant
dosser, street person
someone who sleeps in any convenient place
Type of:
have-not, poor person
a person with few or no possessions
bird of passage, roamer, rover, wanderer
someone who leads a wandering unsettled life

n anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place

“pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea”
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object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

adj wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community

“led a vagabond life”
not settled or established

adj continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another

aimless, drifting, floating, vagrant
not settled or established

v move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

“roving vagabonds
cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, wander
drift, err, stray
wander from a direct course or at random
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around
wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
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go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

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