- not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
- indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings: a vague premonition of disaster.
- not clear or distinct to the sight or any other sense; perceptible or recognizable only in an indefinite way: vague shapes in the dark; vague murmurs behind a door.
- not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain: a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
- (of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression: vague about his motives; a vague person.
- (of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding: a vague stare.
Origin of vague
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Examples from the Web for vague
But Horrigan says the site weeds out red flags like vague or unlisted addresses.From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home
September 17, 2014
Give Yourself a Real Reward Sure, some people might be motivated by vague goals such as “better health” or “weight control.”4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out
September 13, 2014
But I think that people who have challenged it sometimes are kind of vague in their reasons for the challenge.A Trailblazer in YA Dystopian Fiction: An Interview With 'The Giver' Author Lois Lowry
August 12, 2014
She said it all in a vague way, that it was a hazing incident gone awry.Joan Allen on ‘The Killing’ Finale and That Mother of a Twist
August 7, 2014
She said she had a only a vague idea who the couple were when she was booked.Masseuse Claims Assault by Russell Brand
August 2, 2014
He had a vague consciousness that the boys did not love him, to say the least of it.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
He had got a dangerous game to play, and his plans were vague and shadowy.Life in London
A vague unrest and dissatisfaction with her Christian experience were growing on her.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He had caught the contagion of her mood and vague alarm swept him.
It was only by an effort that he shook off the vague feeling of guilt.
- (of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecisevague promises
- not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistincta vague idea; a vague shape
- not clearly or definitely established or knowna vague rumour
- (of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
Word Origin and History for vague
1540s, from Middle French vague, from Latin vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness.