[ vey-per-uhs ]
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  1. having the form or characteristics of vapor: a vaporous cloud.

  2. full of or abounding in vapor; foggy; misty: a vaporous twilight.

  1. producing or giving off vapor: a vaporous bog.

  2. dimmed or obscured with vapor: a low valley surrounded by vaporous mountains.

  3. unsubstantial; diaphanous; airy: vaporous fabrics; vaporous breezes.

  4. vaguely formed, fanciful, or unreliable: vaporous promises.

Origin of vaporous

First recorded in 1520–30; vapor + -ous

Other words from vaporous

  • va·por·ous·ly, adverb
  • va·por·ous·ness, va·por·os·i·ty [vey-puh-ros-i-tee], /ˌveɪ pəˈrɒs ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·va·por·os·i·ty, noun
  • non·va·por·ous, adjective
  • non·va·por·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·va·por·ous·ness, noun
  • un·va·por·os·i·ty, noun
  • un·va·por·ous, adjective
  • un·va·por·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·va·por·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby vaporous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vaporous in a sentence

  • There is no medium in my life between the most vulgar realities and the most vaporous fiction, too thin to breathe.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret | Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for vaporous


/ (ˈveɪpərəs) /

  1. resembling or full of vapour

  2. another word for vaporific

  1. lacking permanence or substance; ephemeral or fanciful

  2. given to foolish imaginings

  3. dulled or obscured by an atmosphere of vapour

Derived forms of vaporous

  • vaporously, adverb
  • vaporousness or vaporosity (ˌveɪpəˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun

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