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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Vag(a)rant, adj. (n.). [Late ME and e.m.E. vagaraunt (1444), vagarant (1530), vagrant (1546), AF wakerant.] a. Wandering; having no settled occupation, residence, or way of life. Also absol. as noun. b. Of animals: Straying.a. 1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xii.
Wandring in a vagarant estate about graues and alrish deserts
1679 Edinb. B. Rec. X 368.
All outed ministers fugitive and vagrant preachers and intercomuned persons
1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 123.
He … turned a vagrant fellow, like a jockie, gaining … money by his charms
1687 Dumbarton B. Rec. 98.
[The panel was] ane vagrant persoune, and had noe constant residence
absol. 1693 Rothesay Par. Rec. 98.
To inhibit vagrants and idle persons from walking through the street
1699 Cramond Ch. Cullen 138.
By reason of resetting … vagrants and loose persons
b. 1685 Sinclair Satan's Inv. World 148.
Isabel Murray, … coming home from the church … to visit her house and kail-yeard, for fear vagrant cows had come over the dyke

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"Vagrant adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Sep 2022 <>



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