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The homeless and homelessness

bag lady

noun

a woman who has no home and walks around the streets carrying everything that she owns in bags

bum

noun

someone without a job or place to live who asks people for money in the street

derelict

noun

someone who has no home or job and lives on the streets. A more usual word is a homeless person.

down-and-out

noun

someone who has nowhere to live and no job or money

flotsam

noun

an insulting word for people who have no homes or jobs

gypsy

noun

someone who does not like to live in one place for a long time but prefers to move around

hobo

noun

someone who travels from place to place because they do not have a home or a job

homeless

adjective

without a place to live. Homeless people sometimes sleep, eat, and wash in a homeless shelter

the homeless

adjective

people who are homeless

stateless

adjective

a stateless person is one who is not officially recognized as a citizen of any country

street people

noun

people who have no home and who sleep on the streets

swagman

noun

a man who has no home and travels around carrying the things that he owns in a bag

tramp

noun

someone without a home or a job who moves from one place to another and asks people for food, work, or money

transient

noun

someone who does not have a permanent home or job and moves from one place to another

vagabond

noun

someone with no home or job who travels from place to place

vagrant

noun

someone with no home or job who asks people for money

waif

noun

a child who has no home

homelessness

noun

statelessness

noun

of no fixed abode

without a permanent home

on the road

going from one place to another because you do not have a permanent home

on/in the street

with no place to live

sleep/live rough

if you sleep or live rough, you sleep or live outside

tent camp/city

a place where a lot of people live in tents because they lost their homes due to war or other bad events

waifs and strays

children or animals that do not have homes

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