Definitions for vagueveɪg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vagueveɪg(adj.)va•guer, va•guest.

  1. not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed:

    vague promises.

  2. indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings:

    a vague premonition of disaster.

  3. not clearly perceptible:

    vague murmurs.

  4. not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known:

    a vague rumor.

  5. (of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression.

  6. showing lack of clear perception or understanding:

    a vague stare.

Origin of vague:

1540–50; (< MF) < L vagus wandering


Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscure, vague(adj)

    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

  2. undefined, vague(adj)

    not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished

    "an undefined term"; "undefined authority"; "some undefined sense of excitement"; "vague feelings of sadness"; "a vague uneasiness"

  3. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy(adj)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vague(adjective)ɪg

    (of sth sb says or thinks) not clear or definite

    a vague description of the car; vague memories; His directions were vague.

  2. vagueɪg

    (of a person) not explaining sth clearly or definitely

    She was vague about where her friends had gone.

  3. vagueɪg

    not easy to see well; = unclear

    a vague figure in the distance


  1. vague(Adjective)

    not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.

  2. vague(Adjective)

    not having a precise meaning.

    a vague term of abuse

  3. vague(Adjective)

    not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.

  4. vague(Adjective)

    not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.

    a vague longing

  5. vague(Adjective)

    not thinking or expressing oneu2019s thoughts clearly or precisely.

  6. vague(Adjective)

    lacking expression; vacant.

  7. vague(Adjective)

    not sharply outlined; hazy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vague(verb)

    wandering; vagrant; vagabond

  2. Vague(verb)

    unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous; as, a vague idea; a vague proposition

  3. Vague(verb)

    proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated; uncertain; flying; as, a vague report

  4. Vague(noun)

    an indefinite expanse

  5. Vague(verb)

    to wander; to roam; to stray

  6. Vague(noun)

    a wandering; a vagary

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vague' in Adjectives Frequency: #758

Translations for vague

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not clear, distinct or definite

Through the fog we saw the vague outline of a ship; She has only a vague idea of how this machine works.

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