vaporous

[vey-per-uh s]
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adjective
  1. having the form or characteristics of vapor: a vaporous cloud.
  2. full of or abounding in vapor; foggy; misty: a vaporous twilight.
  3. producing or giving off vapor: a vaporous bog.
  4. dimmed or obscured with vapor: a low valley surrounded by vaporous mountains.
  5. unsubstantial; diaphanous; airy: vaporous fabrics; vaporous breezes.
  6. vaguely formed, fanciful, or unreliable: vaporous promises.

Origin of vaporous

First recorded in 1520–30; vapor + -ous
Related formsva·por·ous·ly, adverbva·por·ous·ness, va·por·os·i·ty [vey-puh-ros-i-tee] /ˌveɪ pəˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·va·por·os·i·ty, nounnon·va·por·ous, adjectivenon·va·por·ous·ly, adverbnon·va·por·ous·ness, nounun·va·por·os·i·ty, nounun·va·por·ous, adjectiveun·va·por·ous·ly, adverbun·va·por·ous·ness, noun
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vaporous

adjective
  1. resembling or full of vapour
  2. another word for vaporific
  3. lacking permanence or substance; ephemeral or fanciful
  4. given to foolish imaginings
  5. dulled or obscured by an atmosphere of vapour
Derived Formsvaporously, adverbvaporousness or vaporosity (ˌveɪpəˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for vaporous
adj.

late 14c., from Latin vaporus, from vapor (see vapor).

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