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 for vagabond
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vagabond \Vag"a*bond\, v. i.
     To play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll.
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           On every part my vagabonding sight
           Did cast, and drown mine eyes in sweet delight.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vagabond \Vag"a*bond\, a. [F., fr. L. vagabundus, from vagari to
     stroll about, from vagus strolling. See Vague.]
     1. Moving from place to place without a settled habitation;
        wandering. "Vagabond exile." --Shak.
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     2. Floating about without any certain direction; driven to
        and fro.
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              To heaven their prayers
              Flew up, nor missed the way, by envious winds
              Blown vagabond or frustrate.          --Milton.
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     3. Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vagabond \Vag"a*bond\, n.
     One who wanders from place to place, having no fixed
     dwelling, or not abiding in it, and usually without the means
     of honest livelihood; a vagrant; a tramp; hence, a worthless
     person; a rascal.
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           A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be. --Gen. iv. 12.
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     Note: In English and American law, vagabond is used in bad
           sense, denoting one who is without a home; a strolling,
           idle, worthless person. Vagabonds are described in old
           English statutes as "such as wake on the night and
           sleep on the day, and haunt customable taverns and
           alehouses, and routs about; and no man wot from whence
           they came, nor whither they go." In American law, the
           term vagrant is employed in the same sense. Cf Rogue,
           n., 1. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community;
             "led a vagabond life"; "a rootless wanderer" [syn:
             rootless, vagabond]
      2: continually changing especially as from one abode or
         occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the
         floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties" [syn:
         aimless, drifting, floating, vagabond, vagrant]
      n 1: anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed
           place; "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"
      2: a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means
         of support [syn: vagrant, drifter, floater, vagabond]
      v 1: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in
           search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the
           woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The
           cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from
           one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
           [syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam,
           cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  159 Moby Thesaurus words for "vagabond":
     Arab, Bowery bum, arab, bat around, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar,
     beggarly fellow, bird of passage, blighter, bo, budmash, bum,
     bummer, caitiff, canter, circumforaneous, count ties, derelict,
     devil, discursive, divagate, divagatory, dogie, drift, drifter,
     drifting, drunkard, errant, flit, flitting, floater, floating,
     footloose, footloose and fancy-free, fugitive, gad, gad about,
     gadding, gallivant, gamin, gamine, go about, go the rounds,
     good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, guttersnipe, gypsy, gypsy-like,
     gypsyish, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, homeless waif,
     human wreck, idler, itinerant, jaunt, knock about, knock around,
     landloper, landloping, lazzarone, loafer, losel, lowlife,
     mauvais sujet, mean wretch, meander, meandering, migrant,
     migrational, migratory, mooch, mucker, mudlark, no-good, nomad,
     nomadic, nomadize, pauvre diable, perambulatory, peregrinate,
     pererrate, peripatetic, piker, pilgarlic, poor creature,
     poor devil, prowl, ragamuffin, ragman, ragpicker, ramble, rambling,
     range, ranging, roadster, roam, roaming, rolling stone, rounder,
     rove, rover, roving, run about, runagate, sad case, sad sack,
     saunter, shack, shifting, ski bum, skid-row bum, stiff, straggle,
     straggling, stray, straying, street Arab, street arab,
     street urchin, stroll, strolling, sundowner, surf bum, swagger,
     swagman, swagsman, tatterdemalion, tennis bum, traipse, traipsing,
     tramp, tramper, transient, transitory, transmigratory, traveler,
     truant, turnpiker, urchin, vag, vagabondize, vagrant, vaurien,
     waif, waifs and strays, walk the tracks, wander, wanderer,
     wandering, wastrel, wayfare, wayfarer, wayfaring, weary,
     worthless fellow, wretch

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     from Lat. vagabundus, "a wanderer," "a fugitive;" not used
     opprobriously (Gen. 4:12, R.V., "wanderer;" Ps. 109:10; Acts
     19:13, R.V., "strolling").

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  VAGABOND. One who wanders about idly, who has no certain dwelling. The 
  ordinances of the French define a vagabond almost in the same terms. Dalloz, 
  Dict. Vagabondage. See Vattel, liv. 1, Sec. 219, n. 

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