Definition of vague
- vague accusations
- a vague term of abuse
- a vague longing
- vague about dates and places
- vague eyes
- a vague stare
- met by vague figures with shaded torchlights
- —Earle Birney
The instructions she left were vague and difficult to follow.
He gave only a vague answer.
The judges determined that the law was too vague to be fairly enforced.
She has been vague about her plans for college.
We had only a vague idea of where we were.
I think I have a vague understanding of how it works.
He longed in some vague way for something different.
She felt a vague sense of uneasiness when she was around him.
I had the vague impression that they were withholding information.
We could just barely make out the vague outline of a plane in the sky.
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First Known Use: circa 1661See Words from the same year
: not clear in meaning : stated in a way that is general and not specific
: not thinking or expressing your thoughts clearly or precisely
: not completely formed or developed
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