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[vey-per-uh s] /ˈveɪ pər əs/
having the form or characteristics of vapor:
a vaporous cloud.
full of or abounding in vapor; foggy; misty:
a vaporous twilight.
producing or giving off vapor:
a vaporous bog.
dimmed or obscured with vapor:
a low valley surrounded by vaporous mountains.
unsubstantial; diaphanous; airy:
vaporous fabrics; vaporous breezes.
vaguely formed, fanciful, or unreliable:
vaporous promises.
Origin of vaporous
1520-30; vapor + -ous
Related forms
vaporously, adverb
vaporousness, vaporosity
[vey-puh-ros-i-tee] /ˌveɪ pəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonvaporosity, noun
nonvaporous, adjective
nonvaporously, adverb
nonvaporousness, noun
unvaporosity, noun
unvaporous, adjective
unvaporously, adverb
unvaporousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vaporous
Historical Examples
  • A horse or a tree or a clump of brush loomed up grotesquely in the vaporous blur.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • How quiet it looked, and, under that vaporous veil, how profound and inscrutable!

  • A very light, fine, vaporous curtain would spread across the sky from time to time, and then quickly disappear again.

  • Oil paintings are only permissible when dreamy and vaporous in tint.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • In a dream or hallucination one sees figures, more or less dim, but still having "vaporous materiality."

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • The whole world seemed to be lifted and swimming in vaporous brightness.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Mr. Denning believes that certain changes in the appearance of the markings to be due to vaporous condensations.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • She seemed also to be vaporous—all but her face and her radiant golden hair.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The vaporous light of the waning moon brightened in the room.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • My fear fell from me as if it had been a vaporous garment which dissolved in the warmth.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
British Dictionary definitions for vaporous


resembling or full of vapour
another word for vaporific
lacking permanence or substance; ephemeral or fanciful
given to foolish imaginings
dulled or obscured by an atmosphere of vapour
Derived Forms
vaporously, adverb
vaporousness, vaporosity (ˌveɪpəˈrɒsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for vaporous

late 14c., from Latin vaporus, from vapor (see vapor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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