va·​por·​ous ˈvā-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce vaporous (audio)
: consisting or characteristic of vapor
: producing vapors : volatile
: containing or obscured by vapors : misty
: consisting of or indulging in vaporings
vaporously adverb
vaporousness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Promises to fly further than a few hundred miles with hydrogen, however, still look vaporous. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 Just as striking, though, are the mists that shroud the water line, sometimes ascending in vaporous columns, and the diffused light that streaks the lake’s surface and highlights the trees’ trunks and leaves. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Olsen’s voice was higher and wilder then, occasionally slipping into a kind of vaporous warble. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 They were joined by Bergdorf's Linda Fargo, as well as other stylish guests dressed in Simone's romantic, vaporous dresses and oversized hair bows. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 May 2022 And although the city isn’t likely to become real — financing remains a vaporous notion, and no date has been set for construction — the plan is at least posturing-on-social-media real. Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 And, by the way, what is this swirling pool of vaporous mystery into which Royal dumps a body in the opening moments of the series? John Anderson, WSJ, 12 Apr. 2022 Its vaporous conclusion, an impossibly quiet parting kiss to sweet memories of yesterday, was sullied by the thud of some dude dropping his phone on the floor. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 There are three Murillo beggar paintings, among them his Flower Girl, from the late 1660s, and the fluffy Virgin of the Rosary, from the late 1670s, done in his vaporous style. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin vaporōsus "full of steam," from vapor "steam, vapor entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

First Known Use

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaporous was in 1527

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“Vaporous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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