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.

Quotes of vague

  1. For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver. – George Ade
  2. For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague unlimited, unknown. – A. R. Ammons
  3. If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.' – A. R. Ammons
  4. I had some vague memory of visiting Canberra as a lad, when we came up with my father by car. But when I made the long train journey from Sydney to Canberra and arrived at the little stop, I did wonder slightly whether this really was the national capital. – John Henry Carver
  5. The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague enormous and menacing. – Aleister Crowley
  6. I didn't actually realise what apartheid meant. I'm probably a bit naive, but I thought it was more of a vague segregation, like on the beaches and buses. – John Deacon
  7. People watch movies- and it's vague ideas, it's vague notions, but people pick up on these things, that they are supposed to think certain ways or that they're not supposed to think, basically, and they don't. – Crispin Glover
  8. Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague sense by a lot of writers, but in physics it means a particular phenomenon, namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely, arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition. – Murray Gell-Mann
  9. No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking. – J. P. Morgan
  10. You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. – Pablo Picasso
  11. I think people have a vague sense that the television system is changing. – Michael K. Powell
  12. Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood. – Laurence Sterne
  13. As I got farther and farther along in the series I did less and less preparation. I didn't use outlines or sketches. I just had a vague idea of what I wanted to tell and then the dialogue just came to me as I was inking the page. – Jhonen Vasquez
  14. Just as we descend into our consciences to judge of actions which our minds can not weigh, can we not also search in ourselves for the feeling which gives birth to forms of thought, always vague and cloudy? – Alfred de Vigny

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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