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Vagand, -ing(e, ppl. adj. (n.). Also: wagand, vagu-, vaiging, vagant. [ME and e.m.E. vagaunt (Wyclif), vagante (1432-50), vagant (Caxton), OF vagant; Vage v.] a. Of a person: Wandering; itinerant; of no fixed abode; good for nothing. Also absol. as noun. Also transf. b. Of thoughts: Roving, wide ranging.a. 1513 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 142.
That na vagand persoun be fundin on the gaitt after ixo houris at ewin
(b) 1625 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 148.
1625 Dunferm. B. Rec. II 148.
Dischargit … fra bying any salt … fra any vaiging knaves
1649 Murray Kilmacolm 54.
James Thomson, a vaiging beggar
1666 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. II 136.
Trafficking and vaging papists
1680 Craven Argyll Diocese 160.
One Mr. Munroe, ane vaging minister
1685 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XI 47.
Tuo vaging persones who have been committing robry
(c) 1567 G. Ball. 182 (D).
Thocht vagant [STS wageour] freiris faine wald lie, The treuth will furth
absol. 1614 Inverurie 196.
The person fund wagand sall be poyndt as if they wer wagands
transf. ?1613 W. Alexander Doomes-day viii 292 (J).
Here are the rest of fertile Leahs brood … Who sheepheards still in vaguing lodgings liv'd
b. c1590 Fowler I 116/103.
I saw a rowt of … men the seis of treuthe to storme With contrare windye argumentis, not to the treuthe conforme, Who through thair erring vaginge thoughts [etc.]
1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 2715.
On wings of vaging thoughts

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