person of no fixed abode


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

I'd like to know about this expression "A person of no fixed abode", here is the context:

I notice a man sometimes lives under an overpass, sometimes lives in a cyber cafe, sometimes outside my school, on the lawn.

Can I say:

He is a person of no fixed abode.

Thanks a lot? (To mean that he has a stable place to live in)
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It is correct, as Pertinax posted, but it's unusually formal. It's the sort of thing one would read in a legal report, not the sort of thing one might say or write in ordinary circumstances.

    It's really a question of context. Context isn't only the words before and after something. It's the whole situation in which a phrase is used.