Vagary Va*ga"ry, n.; pl. {Vagaries}. [L. vagari to stroll about. See {Vague}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A wandering or strolling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose. ``The vagaries of a child.'' --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

They changed their minds, Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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