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[vuh-gair-ee, vey-guh-ree] /vəˈgɛər i, ˈveɪ gə ri/
noun, plural vagaries.
an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance:
the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.
a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.
Origin of vagary
1565-75, in sense “wandering journey”; apparently < Latin vagārī to wander
2. caprice, whim, quirk, crotchet. Unabridged
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/ˈveɪɡərɪ; vəˈɡɛərɪ/
noun (pl) -garies
an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
Word Origin
C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagusvague
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Word Origin and History for vagary

1570s, "a wandering, a roaming journey," probably from Latin vagari "to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad," from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague). Current meaning of "eccentric notion or conduct" (1620s) is from notion of mental wandering. Related: Vagaries.

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