2. Floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.
To heaven their prayersMilton.
Flew up, nor missed the way, by envious winds
Blown vagabond or frustrate.
3. Being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
(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.
A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be.Gen. iv. 12.
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.
(Vag"a*bond), v. i. To play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll.
On every part my vagabonding sightDrummond.
Did cast, and drown mine eyes in sweet delight.
(Vag"a*bond`age) n. [Cf. F. vagabondage.] The condition of a vagabond; a state or
habit of wandering about in idleness; vagrancy.
(Vag"a*bond`ism) n. Vagabondage.
(Vag"a*bond`ize) v. i. To play the vagabond; to wander about in idleness.
(Vag"a*bond`ry) n. Vagabondage.
(Va"gal) a. [See Vagus.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the vagus, or pneumogastric nerves; pneumogastric.
(Va"gan*cy) n. [From L. vagans, p. pr. See Vagantes.] A wandering; vagrancy. [Obs.]
A thousand vagancies of glory and desight.Milton.
(||Va*gan"tes) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. vagans, p. pr. of vagari to stroll or wander.] (Zoöl.) A tribe
of spiders, comprising some of those which take their prey in a web, but which also frequently run with
agility, and chase and seize their prey.
(Va*ga"ri*ous) a. Given to, or characterized by, vagaries; capricious; whimsical; crochety.
(Va*ga"ry) n.; pl. Vagaries [L. vagari to stroll about. See Vague.]
1. A wandering or strolling. [Obs.]
2. Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose. "The vagaries
of a child." Spectator.
They changed their minds,Milton.
Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell.