vague

[veyg]
adjective, vaguer, vaguest.
1.
not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
2.
indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings: a vague premonition of disaster.
3.
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.
4.
not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain: a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
5.
(of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression: vague about his motives; a vague person.
6.
(of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding: a vague stare.

Origin:
1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin vagus wandering

vaguely, adverb
vagueness, noun
unvague, adjective
unvaguely, adverb
unvagueness, noun


1. unspecific, imprecise. 3. obscure, hazy, shadowy.
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vague (veɪɡ)
 
adj
1.  (of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecise: vague promises
2.  not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct: a vague idea; a vague shape
3.  not clearly or definitely established or known: a vague rumour
4.  (of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
 
[C16: via French from Latin vagus wandering, of obscure origin]
 
'vaguely
 
adv
 
'vagueness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

vague
1540s, from M.Fr. vague, from L. vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin.

vaguely
1781, from vague.
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Example sentences
The clouds obligingly pointed vaguely at the unseen action.
And somewhen vaguely about that time they also got the horse-which to begin
  with they used only for draught purposes.
It is made up of comment and opinion, and also new emotions which are vaguely
  applied to his own life.
From the first, he wanted to be done with it, and stood watching vaguely for a
  path and a direction.
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