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Definitions of vague

  1. lacking clarity or distinctness; " 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"
  2. not clearly understood or expressed; " an indeterminate 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
  3. not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished; " an undefined term"; " undefined authority"; " some undefined sense of excitement"; " vague feelings of sadness"; " a vague uneasiness"
  4. 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...
  5. To wander; to roam; to stray.
  6. Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.
  7. Unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous; as, a vague idea; a vague proposition.
  8. Proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated; uncertain; flying; as, a vague report.
  9. An indefinite expanse.
  10. A wandering; a vagary.
  11. Not clearly outlined, stated, or understood; hazy; as, a vague idea; not sure; doubtful; as, a vague rumor; not seeing or thinking clearly.
  12. Vainer.
  13. Vaguest.
  14. Vaguely.
  15. Vagueness.
  16. Unsettled: indefinite: uncertain.
  17. Indefinite; indistinct; ambiguous.
  18. Not settled; not definite or precise; uncertain.
  19. Not settled or definite; loose; unfixed; ill- defined; proceeding from no reliable source.
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Usage examples for vague

  1. I think it better that I should give a minute and particular account of one than a more vague and general, and so less satisfactory, account of several of them. – Rollo in Switzerland by Jacob Abbott
  2. That's where, as I just said, my ideas are vague – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  3. He left me; and, terrified with a thousand vague forebodings, I sat down to weep. – Calderon The Courtier A Tale by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  4. Besides, her suspicions now were no longer vague – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  5. Her manner perplexed me, and, together with my thought of Miss Warren, there came a vague sense of trouble- of something wrong. – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  6. Bell and Hildegarde rose, with a vague feeling of uneasiness, and as they did so, Roger advanced to meet them. – Hildegarde's Neighbors by Laura E. Richards
  7. It is rather curious that at this moment I am in vague trouble concerning the police. – A Rock in the Baltic by Robert Barr
  8. He did feel ashamed in a vague sort of way, and he was willing to admit it. – Out Like a Light by Gordon Randall Garrett
  9. All of them looked as if they felt a vague responsibility for the right conduct of the world. – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  10. On the whole, he did not see that there was any ground, so far, for anything more than a vague suspicion. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  11. But these stories rest on vague tradition, and probably have no foundation in fact. – The Social History of Smoking by G. L. Apperson
  12. And it was no vague house of dreams. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. The vague message given to " any one" by Fitz as he rode by my side that night- only a week before, although it seemed to be months- that message was intended for Elsie. – Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories by Henry Seton Merriman
  14. More old women with vague stories, I suppose. – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  15. He felt a vague child- like pleasure in knowing that she was holding him in her arms; he thought of his mother-" how it would frighten her if she knew." – Other Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland
  16. " Aw, I don't know," he answered in a vague way. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  17. Yet what could that vague and learned gentleman do that I could not? – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  18. I made some vague answer. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  19. For that person there is a vague sense of something missing throughout the day. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  20. " The details are a little vague still, I grant you," said Wharton, smiling. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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