vague
adjective (vaguer; vaguest) Etymology: Middle French, from Latin vagus, literally, wandering Date: 1548 1. a. not clearly expressed ; stated in indefinite terms <
vague accusations
>
b. not having a precise meaning <
a vague term of abuse
>
2. a. not clearly defined, grasped, or understood ; indistinct <
only a vague notion of what's needed
>
; also slight <
a vague hint of a thickening waistline
>
<
hasn't the vaguest idea
>
b. not clearly felt or sensed ; somewhat subconscious <
a vague longing
>
3. not thinking or expressing one's thoughts clearly or precisely <
vague about dates and places
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4. lacking expression ; vacant <
vague eyes
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<
a vague stare
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5. not sharply outlined ; hazy <
met by vague figures with shaded torchlights — Earle Birney
>
Synonyms: see obscurevaguely adverbvagueness noun

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