Definition of


  1. (adj, all) not clearly understood or expressed
    an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit
    their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear
    vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science
  2. (adj, all) not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished
    undefined authority
    some undefined sense of excitement
    vague feelings of sadness
    a vague uneasiness
  3. (adj, all) lacking clarity or distinctness
    only a faint recollection
    shadowy figures in the gloom
    saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
    a few wispy memories of childhood

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Vague

dim, faint, obscure, shadowy, undefined, wispy

Alternate forms of Vague

Derivations: vagueness

Origin of the word Vague

  1. 1540s, from M.Fr. vague, from L. vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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