- an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance: the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.
- a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.
Origin of vagary
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Examples from the Web for vagary
How near they would pass depended on the vagary of the waves and the tide.Blow The Man Down
The storm still raged, and she thought it was a vagary of the lightning.Southern Stories
What vagary had sent a girl who looked like this upon such a task!Before the Dawn
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
If we could civilize our schools, we should have no mention of legislation by vagary.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
So, Stephen, after a lifetime of vagary and wandering, this is the result.The Pillar of Light
- an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
Word Origin and History for vagary
1570s, "a wandering, a roaming journey," probably from Latin vagari "to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad," from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague). Current meaning of "eccentric notion or conduct" (1620s) is from notion of mental wandering. Related: Vagaries.