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Etymology 1[edit]


vagus (plural vagi)

  1. The vagus nerve.

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Latin vagus


vagus (plural vagi)

  1. (Catholic) A homeless person or vagrant.
    • 1922, "Domicile", The Catholic encyclopedia, page 270
      Though not referred in the Code as a domicile of origin, a child's place of origin is fixed by the place where his father had his domicile or, in defect of domicile, his quasi-domicile when the child was born, or where the mother had hers if the child was illegitimate or posthumous; if the parents were vagi it is the place where the child was born; if the child was a foundling the place where it was discovered.



Uncertain, but possibly from Proto-Italic *wāðō, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂dʰ- in the sense of "breaking away with straightforward motion."[1]



vagus (feminine vaga, neuter vagum); first/second declension

  1. wandering, rambling, strolling
  2. (figuratively) uncertain, vague


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative vagus vaga vagum vagī vagae vaga
genitive vagī vagae vagī vagōrum vagārum vagōrum
dative vagō vagō vagīs
accusative vagum vagam vagum vagōs vagās vaga
ablative vagō vagā vagō vagīs
vocative vage vaga vagum vagī vagae vaga

Derived terms[edit]




  • vagus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vagus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “vagus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • vagus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the planets: stellae errantes, vagae
  1. ^ Franco, Comparative etymological Dictionary of classical Indo-European languages: Indo-European - Sanskrit - Greek - Latin, p. 402