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From vapor +‎ -y.



vapory (comparative more vapory, superlative most vapory)

  1. Resembling vapor; vaporous.
    • 1792, William Pine, General Proofs that the Second Advent of the Lord hath Taken Place, and also, the Essential Doctrines of His New Kingdom Stated[1], Bristol: self-published, page 14:
      But here again, Christians consider the word literally, as though the Lord would appear upon the vapory clouds over our heads.
    • 1800, Rosewell Messenger, A Sermon Preached at the Ordination of the Rev. James Boyd at Bangor on Penobscot River, September 10, 1800, pages 24–5:
      The greatest damps however, that may ever roll upon your spirits, will arise from the stupidity of sinners, and the vapory dullness of declining Christians.
    • 1858, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish[2], I, 54-55:
      Long at the window he stood, and wistfully gazed on the landscape, / Washed with a cold gray mist, the vapory breath of the east-wind,
    • 1924, Herman Melville, chapter 22, in Billy Budd[3], London: Constable & Co.:
      At the same moment it chanced that the vapory fleece hanging low in the East, was shot thro' with a soft glory as of the fleece of the Lamb of God seen in mystical vision, []
    • See also quotations under vapoury.
  2. Characterized by the presence of vapor; full of, or obscured by, vapor.
    • 1835, Edgar Allan Poe, King Pest:
      The most fetid and poisonous smells everywhere prevailed; and by the aid of that ghastly light which, even at midnight, never fails to emanate from a vapory and pestilential atmosphere, might be discerned lying in the by-paths and alleys, or rotting in the windowless habitations, the carcass of many a nocturnal plunderer arrested by the hand of the plague in the very perpetration of his robbery.