Vagabond vs Tramp - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between vagabond and tramp

is that vagabond is a person on a trip of indeterminate destination and/or length of time while tramp is (pejorative) a homeless person, a vagabond.

As verbs the difference between vagabond and tramp

is that vagabond is to roam, as a vagabond while tramp is to walk with heavy footsteps.

As a adjective vagabond

is floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.

vagabond

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person on a trip of indeterminate destination and/or length of time.
  • 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 hobo.
  • * Bible, Genesis iv. 12
  • A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Hypernyms

    * person

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To roam, as a vagabond
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • Floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro.
  • * Milton
  • To heaven their prayers / Flew up, nor missed the way, by envious winds / Blown vagabond or frustrate.
  • * 1959 , Jack London, The Star Rover
  • Truly, the worships of the Mystery wandered as did men, and between filchings and borrowings the gods had as vagabond a time of it as did we.
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    tramp

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
  • *
  • She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp .
  • (pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
  • "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp ."
    "Claudia is such a tramp ; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
  • Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
  • * 1888 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
  • I was so happy on board that ship, I could not have believed it possible. We had the beastliest weather, and many discomforts; but the mere fact of its being a tramp -ship gave us many comforts; we could cut about with the men and officers, stay in the wheel-house, discuss all manner of things, and really be a little at sea.
  • * 1919 , Charles Fort, :
  • Then I think I conceive of other worlds and vast structures that pass us by, within a few miles, without the slightest desire to communicate, quite as tramp vessels pass many islands without particularizing one from another.
  • * 1924 , George Sutherland, :
  • Some of these are regular ocean liners; others are casual tramp ships.
  • * 1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
  • “Hrrumph,” said the Mate. “Get into uniform right away, we must have discipline here.” With that he stalked off as if he were First Mate on one of the Queens instead of just on a dirty, rusty old tramp ship.
  • (Australia, New Zealand) A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
  • * 1968 , John W. Allen, It Happened in Southern Illinois , page 75:
  • The starting place for the tramp is reached over a gravel road that begins on Route 3 about a mile south of Gorham spur.
  • * 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet, page 734:
  • Speaking of knockout panoramas, if you?re fit then consider doing the taxing, winding, 8km tramp' up ' Mt Roy (1578m; five to six hours return), start 6km from Wanaka on Mt Aspiring Rd.
  • * 2006 , Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer?s Australia from $60 a Day , page 186:
  • The 1½-hour tramp passes through banksia, gum, and wattle forests, with spectacular views of peaks and valleys.
  • , especially a very small one.
  • Synonyms

    * (homeless person) bum, hobo, vagabond ** See also * (disreputable woman) See also * (type of ship) see * (long walk) bushwalk, hike, ramble, trek

    Derived terms

    * tramp ant * tramp stamp

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To walk with heavy footsteps.
  • To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
  • We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
  • To hitchhike
  • To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
  • To travel or wander through.
  • to tramp the country
  • (Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
  • (Jamieson)

    Derived terms

    * trample * tromp

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