noun, verb (used with or without object) Chiefly British.
Definition for vapour (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 vapour
Such are her own expressions; and they probably indicate a vapour bath not a bath of hot water.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
So may have looked afrites or the shapes metamorphosed from the vapour of the fisherman's vase.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
From the foot of the falls you can see nothing of the abyss, inasmuch as every thing is concealed by the smoke and vapour.Alida|Amelia Stratton Comfield
To test its power Alberich puts it on and changes into a column of vapour.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
At last these prisoners began to rant, vapour, and blaspheme; at which my soul was greatly grieved.George Fox|George Fox
British Dictionary definitions for vapour (1 of 2)
Word Origin for vapour
British Dictionary definitions for vapour (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for vapour
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.