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vague

[veyg] /veɪg/
adjective, vaguer, vaguest.
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 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.
4.
not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain:
a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
5.
(of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression:
vague about his motives; a vague person.
6.
(of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding:
a vague stare.
Origin of vague
1540-1550
1540-50; (< Middle French) < Latin vagus wandering
Related forms
vaguely, adverb
vagueness, noun
unvague, adjective
unvaguely, adverb
unvagueness, noun
Synonyms
1. unspecific, imprecise. 3. obscure, hazy, shadowy.
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  • Even the vaguer, but shorter, period of a generation will be an idea he cannot grasp.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • We will not repeat it; it would be mere reiteration in a vaguer form of what we have just said.

  • She had become a vaguer but no less massive power in his life.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • And the vaguer the charge is the less they will be able to disprove it.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • But the more he tried to recall it, the vaguer the recollection became.

    Her Benny Silas Kitto Hocking
  • His second thought was vaguer: he felt glad that Tony admired and liked her so.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • "vaguer," said Benham, "for the Confucian Heaven could punish and reward."

  • Mrs. Costello had vaguer, but equally oppressive forebodings.

    A Canadian Heroine, Volume 1 Mrs. Harry Coghill
  • Any pole was a yard, and this vaguer use survives in sailyard, halyard, and in other sea-terms.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
British Dictionary definitions for vaguer

vague

/veɪɡ/
adjective
1.
(of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecise: vague promises
2.
not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct: a vague idea, a vague shape
3.
not clearly or definitely established or known: a vague rumour
4.
(of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
Derived Forms
vaguely, adverb
vagueness, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin vagus wandering, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for vaguer

vague

adj.

1540s, from Middle French vague, from Latin vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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