[ vuh-gair-ee, vey-guh-ree ]
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noun,plural va·gar·ies.
  1. an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance: the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.

  2. a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.

Origin of vagary

1565–75, in sense “wandering journey”; apparently <Latin vagārī to wander

Other words for vagary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vagary in a sentence

  • In fact (smiles slightly) Council has not been idle in its own pursuit of Mr. Beardsley's vagaries!

    We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
  • And Jaffery especially found perpetual enjoyment in the vagaries of Liosha.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • With all my vagaries, my uncertain emotions, I didn't want just the excitement of an affair, an amorous adventure.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for vagary


/ (ˈveɪɡərɪ, vəˈɡɛərɪ) /

nounplural -garies
  1. an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim

Origin of vagary

C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagus vague

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