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[veyg] /veɪg/
adjective, vaguer, vaguest.
not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed:
vague promises.
indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings:
a vague premonition of disaster.
not clear or distinct to the sight or any other sense; perceptible or recognizable only in an indefinite way:
vague shapes in the dark; vague murmurs behind a door.
not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain:
a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
(of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression:
vague about his motives; a vague person.
(of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding:
a vague stare.
Origin of vague
1540-50; (< Middle French) < Latin vagus wandering
Related forms
vaguely, adverb
vagueness, noun
unvague, adjective
unvaguely, adverb
unvagueness, noun
1. unspecific, imprecise. 3. obscure, hazy, shadowy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vague
  • But the agreements were vague, relying more on good will than on concrete obligations.
  • Nor does the emotion thus evoked end in vague mystical exaltation.
  • They elude the ordinary reader by their abstraction and delicacy of distinction, but they are far from vague.
  • She was always full with mystery and subtle movements and denials and vague distrusts and complicated disillusions.
  • It would be easy to say that she was a conventional beauty, but that would be a poor description-too broad and too vague.
  • Lately, though, his supporters have been experiencing a vague sense of disappointment.
  • The early poems are frustratingly obscure, addressed to vague nymphs by a speaker entranced by his own coldness.
  • Critics say it should be put somewhere else, though they tend to be vague about where.
  • There is a new posting in my field that is really vague.
  • Avoid vague sentences that seem as if they could describe anyone in your field.
British Dictionary definitions for vague


(of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecise: vague promises
not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct: a vague idea, a vague shape
not clearly or definitely established or known: a vague rumour
(of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
Derived Forms
vaguely, adverb
vagueness, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin vagus wandering, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for vague

1540s, from Middle French vague, from Latin vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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