vague Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite not clearly understood or expressed
- an obscure turn of phrase
- an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard
- their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin
- vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
adjective not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished
- an undefined term
- undefined authority
- some undefined sense of excitement
- vague feelings of sadness
- a vague uneasiness
adjective satellite lacking clarity or distinctness
dim; shadowy; faint; wispy.
- a dim figure in the distance
- only a faint recollection
- shadowy figures in the gloom
- saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
- a few wispy memories of childhood
Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.Archaic "To set upon the vague villains." Hayward.
She danced along with vague, regardless eyes. Keats.
Unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous; as, a. vagueidea; a vagueproposition
This faith is neither a mere fantasy of future glory, nor a vague ebullition of feeling. I. Taylor.
The poet turned away, and gave himself up to a sort of vague revery, which he called thought. Hawthorne.
Proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated; uncertain; flying; as, a. vaguereport
Some legend strange and value. Longfellow.
Syn. -- Unsettled; indefinite; unfixed; ill-defined; ambiguous; hazy; loose; lax; uncertain.
An indefinite expanse.R.
The gray vague of unsympathizing sea. Lowell.
Vague intransitive verb
To wander; to roam; to stray.Obs. "[The soul] doth vague and wander." Holland.
A wandering; a vagary.Obs. Holinshed.
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