- IPA(key): /veɪɡ/
- (Canada, Upper Midwestern US) IPA(key): /væɡ/
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- Rhymes: -eɪɡ, -æɡ
- Not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.
- 1921, Bertrand Russell, The Analysis of Mind:
- It follows from what has been said that a vague thought has more likelihood of being true than a precise one. To try and hit an object with a vague thought is like trying to hit the bull's eye with a lump of putty: when the putty reaches the target, it flattens out all over it, and probably covers the bull's eye along with the rest. To try and hit an object with a precise thought is like trying to hit the bull's eye with a bullet. The advantage of the precise thought is that it distinguishes between the bull's eye and the rest of the target.
- 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage:
- Throughout the first week of his presidency, Dulles and Bissell continued to brief Kennedy on their strategy for Cuba, but the men were vague and their meetings offered little in the way of hard facts.
- Not having a precise meaning.
- Not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.
- Not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.
- a vague longing
- Not thinking or expressing one’s thoughts clearly or precisely.
- Synonym: dazed
- 1962, Philip Larkin, Toads Revisited:
- Waxed-fleshed out-patients / Still vague from accidents, / And characters in long coats / Deep in the litter-baskets […]
- Lacking expression; vacant.
- Not sharply outlined; hazy.
- 1922, Michael Arlen, “Ep./1/2”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
- He walked. To the corner of Hamilton Place and Picadilly, and there stayed for a while, for it is a romantic station by night. The vague and careless rain looked like threads of gossamer silver passing across the light of the arc-lamps.
- Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.
- 1630, John Hayward, The Life and Raigne of King Edward VI:
- The Lord Gray incourag'd his men to set sharply upon the vague villains
- 1819, John Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes”, in Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, London: […] [Thomas Davison] for Taylor and Hessey, […], published 1820, →OCLC, stanza VIII, page 87:
- She danced along with vague, regardless eyes, / Anxious her lips, her breathing quick and short: [...]
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vague (plural vagues)
- (obsolete) A wandering; a vagary.
- 1577, Raphaell Holinshed, The Firste Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande […], volume I, London: […] [Henry Bynneman] for Iohn Harrison, →OCLC:
- the Scots had some leasure to plaie their vagues
- An indefinite expanse.
- 1870, James Russell Lowell, The Cathedral:
- The gray vague of unsympathizing sea.
- (archaic) to wander; to roam; to stray.
- 1603, Philemon Holland, transl., The Philosophie, commonly called, the Morals:
- [The soul] doth vague and wander.
- To become vague or act in a vague manner.
- 1894, Mrs. Campbell Praed, Christina Chard, page 52:
- Vaguely, yes. I've vagued all my life; that's been my curse.
- 1939, John Steinbeck, East of Eden:
- A man's mind vagued up a little, for how can you remember the feel of pleasure or pain or choking emotion?
- 2009, Zoe Foster Blake, Air Kisses, →ISBN:
- What's with you? You're all vagued out.
- (Internet slang, intransitive) To make vague negative comments publicly; to make highly veiled complaints or insults.
- Synonym: vaguepost
- “vague”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “vague”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “vague”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “vague” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “vague”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2023
- “vague” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “vague” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
Inherited from Middle French [Term?], from Old French vague (“movement on the surface of a liquid, ripple”), from Old Norse vágr (“sea”), from Proto-Germanic *wēgaz (“wave, storm”), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (“to drag, carry”).
vague f (plural vagues)
- 2014, Indila, Comme un bateau:
- Un peu comme un bateau qui trouve son équilibre entre les vagues et le chaos
- A little like a boat that finds its equilibrium between waves and chaos
- creux de la vague
- faire des vagues
- nouvelle vague
- vague de chaleur
- vague de froid
vague (plural vagues)
vague m (plural vagues)
- “vague”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.