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

Examples of vaporous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over twinkling beats and vaporous grooves, Aiko was astral and organic, graceful and sensuous. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 20 June 2024 Turner hadn’t been to Italy for a decade, but in his vaporous painting, Rome remains the Eternal City, now transformed into a hauntingly beautiful memory. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 The golden juice drips down into a tray lined with dry ice, producing vaporous swirls and tendrils. Patricia Cohen Violette Franchi, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2023 Jeff Duka The principal subject of Jeff Duka’s show at Art Sound Language, a record and book boutique, is nothing less than the sky — vast, vaporous and ever-changing. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 The vaporous color in Nancy Evans’ luxurious paintings seems to be coalescing into fragile evocations of nature (Arthur Dove gets an oblique nod). Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Conversely, during the sun’s nadir, Neptune’s vaporous veil fades away — although it isn’t known why the current dearth of clouds is so extreme compared with previous cycles. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 The vaporous mist of the morning dew is really the phosphorescence of toxic radiation. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 The two-dimensional picture seen on the entry flat screen now pops into a vaporous three-dimensional illusion. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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