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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. Vaguest.
  13. Vaguely.
  14. Vagueness.
  15. Unsettled: indefinite: uncertain.
  16. Indefinite; indistinct; ambiguous.
  17. Not settled; not definite or precise; uncertain.
  18. Not settled or definite; loose; unfixed; ill- defined; proceeding from no reliable source.
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Usage examples for vague

  1. That's where, as I just said, my ideas are vague." – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  2. It is rather curious that at this moment I am in vague trouble concerning the police. – A Rock in the Baltic by Robert Barr
  3. More old women with vague stories, I suppose. – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  4. 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
  5. He left me; and, terrified with a thousand vague forebodings, I sat down to weep. – Calderon The Courtier A Tale by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  6. Yet what could that vague and learned gentleman do that I could not? – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  7. " Aw, I don't know," he answered in a vague way. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  8. I made some vague answer. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  9. Besides, her suspicions now were no longer vague. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  10. 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
  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. " The details are a little vague still, I grant you," said Wharton, smiling. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  13. And it was no vague house of dreams. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  14. 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
  15. 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)
  16. 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
  17. For that person there is a vague sense of something missing throughout the day. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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