- not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
- indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings: a vague premonition of disaster.
- 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.
- not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain: a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
- (of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression: vague about his motives; a vague person.
- (of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding: a vague stare.
Origin of vague
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Examples from the Web for vaguely
ThinkProgress calls the premise “uncomfortable and vaguely sad.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
He once told me that he only vaguely understood “the mechanical aspects of sex” until he was in his early twenties.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
For most of his career, Savalas (1922-1994) could pass for a vaguely exciting yet essentially non-threatening “exotic ethnic.”This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
“Missions” essentially consist of annihilating all means of transportation in small, vaguely Middle Eastern/African cities.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
The slaw is vaguely like piccalilli or relish, but has a taste and drippy texture like no other.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
It had been vaguely present in his mind when he faced the crowd at Martindale, he remembered now.
Dick, vaguely conscious of damp and dirt, went up to his bedroom.Viviette
William J. Locke
Vaguely, from the corner of his eye, he felt that Pop had taken the pipe from his mouth.
Her voice was level and vaguely dangerous as she answered his accusation.Within the Law
Vaguely, between Kitty's sobs, I heard the ticking of a watch.The Bacillus of Beauty
- (of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecisevague promises
- not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistincta vague idea; a vague shape
- not clearly or definitely established or knowna vague rumour
- (of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
Word Origin and History for vaguely
1540s, from Middle French vague, from Latin vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness.