[ neb-yuh-luh s ]
/ ˈnɛb yə ləs /


hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit.
cloudy or cloudlike.
of or resembling a nebula or nebulae in deep space; nebular.

Origin of nebulous

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin nebulōsus full of mist, foggy, cloudy. See nebula, -ous

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Examples from the Web for nebulously

  • Nebulously, the idea of a League of Civilized Worlds began to take shape in his mind.

    Space Viking|Henry Beam Piper
  • She had never conceived of the form of God except as nebulously naked, and the thought-association was startling.

    The Game|Jack London
  • On turning a corner they beheld the Hotel Orilla del Mar three streets away, nebulously aglow with its array of kerosene lamps.

    Whirligigs|O. Henry

British Dictionary definitions for nebulously


/ (ˈnɛbjʊləs) /


lacking definite form, shape, or content; vague or amorphousnebulous reasons
of, characteristic of, or resembling a nebula
rare misty or hazy

Derived Forms

nebulously, adverbnebulousness, noun
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