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vəˈgɛər i, ˈveɪ gə riva·ga·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vagarynoun

    an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)

    "the vagaries of the weather"; "his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market"; "he has dealt with human vagaries for many years"


  1. vagarynoun

    An erratic notion or action.

  2. vagarynoun

    An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice.

  3. Etymology: Latin vagus (wandering)


  1. vagary

    In the English language, animals have different names depending on whether they are male, female, young, domesticated, or in groups. The best-known source of many English words used for collective groupings of animals is The Book of Saint Albans, an essay on hunting published in 1486 and attributed to Juliana Berners. Most terms used here may be found in common dictionaries and general information web sites.


  1. vagary

    A vagary is an unpredictable, erratic, or unexpected action, occurrence, or instance. It often refers to a sudden or unusual change in behavior, situation, or pattern.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vagarynoun

    a wandering or strolling

  2. Vagarynoun

    hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose

  3. Etymology: [L. vagari to stroll about. See Vague.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vagary

    va-gā′ri, n. a wandering of the thoughts: a wild freak: a whim:—pl. Vagā′ries.—n. Vagā′rian, a person with vagaries.—adjs. Vagā′rious; Vagā′rish.—n. Vagar′ity, irregularity, capriciousness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vagary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vagary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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