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vague

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adjective, 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 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

1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin vagus wandering
Related formsvague·ly, adverbvague·ness, nounun·vague, adjectiveun·vague·ly, adverbun·vague·ness, noun

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1. unspecific, imprecise. 3. obscure, hazy, shadowy.
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Examples from the Web for vaguer

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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


British Dictionary definitions for vaguer

vague

adjective
  1. (of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecisevague promises
  2. not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistincta vague idea; a vague shape
  3. not clearly or definitely established or knowna vague rumour
  4. (of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
Derived Formsvaguely, adverbvagueness, 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.

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