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.
- vague·ly, adverb
- vague·ness, noun
- un·vague, adjective
- un·vague·ness, noun
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How to use vague in a sentence
First is this: the vaguer the dispatches, the sicker the patient.Bob Dole & George H.W. Bush Hospitalized: How to Interpret Illness of Public Figures | Kent Sepkowitz | November 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if we cannot tell what mere subsistence requires are we not getting even vaguer when we add an indefinite "more" to it?Consumers and Wage-Earners | J. Elliot Ross
But he looked worse, his eyes vaguer, giving the impression of a man in a stupor.The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Twice, it seemed to me, far to the east I heard a duller, vaguer noise of thunder; and my Indians also noticed it.The Little Red Foot | Robert W. Chambers
There had been vague reports from vaguer sources that he had been captured by the northern savages.Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
The vaguer and more complex these movements on account of their historical remoteness, the wider their probable range.Influences of Geographic Environment | Ellen Churchill Semple
British Dictionary definitions for vague
(of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecise: vague promises
not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct: a vague idea; a vague shape
not clearly or definitely established or known: a vague rumour
(of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
- vaguely, adverb
- vagueness, noun
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