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vagary

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noun va·ga·ry \ˈvā-gə-rē; və-ˈger-ē, vā-; also ˈva-gə-rē\

Definition of vagary

plural va·ga·ries

  1. :  an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion



Examples of vagary

  1. <the vagaries of a rather eccentric, elderly lady>



Origin of vagary

probably from Latin vagari to wander, from vagus wandering


First Known Use: 1579

Synonym Discussion of vagary

caprice, whim, vagary, crotchet mean an irrational or unpredictable idea or desire. caprice stresses lack of apparent motivation and suggests willfulness <by sheer caprice she quit her job>. whim implies a fantastic, capricious turn of mind or inclination <an odd antique that was bought on a whim>. vagary stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire <he had been prone to strange vagaries>. crotchet implies an eccentric opinion or preference <a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets>.


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