- 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 vaguest
American military and intelligence leaders have only the vaguest of notions.ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.
November 6, 2014
And yet, a man who is fine tuned to the vaguest whiff of anti Jewish sentiment blithely slurs Pakistanis, Chinese and women.No Denial From Bret Stephens Re. Yeshiva University Panel Slurs
October 29, 2013
He had but the vaguest idea of the folly that possessed her.Weighed and Wanting
You seem to have the vaguest possible notion about how this sort of thing is managed.A Woman Intervenes
I set it down with no hope of better than the vaguest sympathy.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Scipio had not the vaguest idea of whither his quest would lead him.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Indeed, he had not the vaguest idea of how much he had lost.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
- (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 vaguest
1540s, from Middle French vague, from Latin vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness.