Definition for vaporing (2 of 2)
- a strange, senseless, or fantastic notion.
- something insubstantial or transitory.
- mental depression or hypochondria.
- injurious exhalations formerly supposed to be produced within the body, especially in the stomach.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of vapor
Examples from the Web for vaporing
Never was so good an opportunity for my countrymen to turn out and crush that vaporing, blustering bully to atoms.
But these South Carolina economists are better at vaporing than at calculation.The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V|James Russell Lowell
"Gifford was brought up in a bad school—a vaporing fellow, not true to any of his obligations," said Mr. Oliver Smith.The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax|Harriet Parr
She saw herself as the most useless, vaporing and purblind of mortals.Septimus|William J. Locke
His teachings were but vaporing talk to her small mind and to those of many of the people.Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)|Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for vaporing
Word Origin and History for vaporing
late 14c., from Anglo-French vapour, from Latin vaporem (nominative vapor) "exhalation, steam, heat," of unknown origin. Vapors "fit of fainting, hysteria, etc." is 1660s, from medieval notion of "exhalations" from the stomach or other organs affecting the brain.