- not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.
- 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
- Throughout the first week of his presidency, Dulles and Bissell continued to brief Kennedy on their strategy for Cuba, but the men were vague and their meetings offered little in the way of hard facts.
- not having a precise meaning.
- a vague term of abuse
- not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.
- only a vague notion of what’s needed
- a vague hint of a thickening waistline
- I haven’t the vaguest idea.
- not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.
- a vague longing
- not thinking or expressing one’s thoughts clearly or precisely.
- lacking expression; vacant.
- not sharply outlined; hazy.
Adverbs for Vague
intentionally; perplexingly; embarrassingly; obscurely; dimly; stupidly; precariously; ambiguously; unintelligibly; distressingly; mysteriously; unwisely; uncertainly; casually; airily; delusively; evasively; subtly; inconclusively; darkly; abstrusely; impenetrably; remotely; unwarrantably; foolishly; speciously; misleadingly; tenuously; terribly; nonsensically; senselessly; completely; perilously; fearfully; alarmingly; ominously; significantly; fantastically; needlessly; unreliably.
abstract, aimless, airy, aleatoric, aleatory, ambiguous, amorphic, amorphous, amphibological, anarchic, attenuate, attenuated, baggy, bland, blank, blear, bleared, bleary, blind, blobby, blurred, blurry, boyish, broad, capricious, casual, chance, chancy, chaotic, characterless, clear as mud, clouded, cloudy, collective, concealed, confused, dark, delicate, desultory, diaphanous, diluted, dim, disarticulated, discontinuous, disjunct, disordered, disorderly, dispersed, disproportionate, doubtful, dreamlike, dreamy, dull, empty, equivocal, erratic, ethereal, expressionless, faint, featureless, feeble, filmy, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, fitful, flimsy, foggy, formless, frail, frivolous, fuzzy, gauzy, general, generalized, generic, girlish, gossamer, gracile, gratuitous, half-seen, half-visible, haphazard, hazy, hidden, hit-or-miss, ill-defined, immethodical, imprecise, in doubt, inaccurate, inchoate, incoherent, inconspicuous, inconstant, indecisive, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminable, indeterminate, indiscriminate, indistinct, indistinguishable, inexact, inexplicit, inform, insubstantial, irregular, irresolute, kaleidoscopic, lacy, lax, light, loose, low-profile, lumpen, meaningless, merely glimpsed, misshapen, misty, murky, mushy, nebulous, neutral, nondescript, nonspecific, nonsymmetrical, nonsystematic, nonuniform, obscure, opaque, orderless, out of focus, pale, papery, planless, promiscuous, puzzled, random, rare, rarefied, semivisible, senseless, shadowed forth, shadowy, shapeless, shrouded, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, small, spasmodic, sporadic, stochastic, straggling, straggly, subconscious, subliminal, subtle, svelte, sweeping, sylphlike, systemless, tenebrous, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, threadlike, transcendent, unarranged, uncertain, uncharacterized, unclassified, unclear, undecided, undefined, undestined, undetermined, undifferentiated, undirected, unexplained, unfixed, ungraded, unintelligible, unjoined, unmethodical, unordered, unorganized, unplain, unrecognizable, unsettled, unsorted, unspecific, unspecified, unsubstantial, unsymmetrical, unsystematic, ununiform, vacant, vacillating, vacuous, vaporous, vapory, veiled, wandering, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watery, wavering, weak, wide, willowy, wiredrawn, wishy-washy, wispy
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- Vague in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Vague in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Vague at OneLook Dictionary Search
Vague f. (plural Vagues)
Vague m. (plural Vagues)
From Middle French, from Old French vague (“movement on the surface of a liquid, ripple”), of Germanic origin, from Old Norse vágr (“sea”), from Proto-Germanic *wēgaz (“wave, storm”), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵhe- (“to drag, carry”). Cognate with Swedish våg (“wave”), Middle Dutch waeghe, wage (“wave”), Old High German wāge (“wave”), Old English wǣg (“wave, billow, motion, flood”). More at waw, wave.
- first-person singular present subjunctive of vagar
- third-person singular present subjunctive of vagar
Vague (infinitive vagar)