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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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  • That it is, except in the mere names and the vaguest outline, French.

  • What they dealt in, how they laboured, to what end it all came, she had only the vaguest conception.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • It was so long since he had glanced at a map of South America that he had only the vaguest notion of his whereabouts.

  • I have only the vaguest recollection of the ghastly hours which ensued.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • He had but the vaguest idea of the folly that possessed her.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • There isn't even the vaguest suggestion of meaning about him.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • Prior to that time we have a few traditions of the vaguest character preserved by Burgoa, the historian of Oajaca.

  • I set it down with no hope of better than the vaguest sympathy.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for vaguest

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 vaguest

vague

adj.

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

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