va·​por·​ous | \ ˈvā-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce vaporous (audio) \

Definition of vaporous

1 : consisting or characteristic of vapor
2 : producing vapors : volatile
3 : containing or obscured by vapors : misty
b : consisting of or indulging in vaporings

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Other Words from vaporous

vaporously adverb
vaporousness noun

Examples of vaporous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tandem of absolute love and absolute heartbreak supplants the vaporous intoxication of social media. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, 30 June 2021 Benches formed from twisted branches, based on a design by Church, looked off into the vaporous vista. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Hoffman’s harp lends the piece an entirely different aura — melodic pluck hovering in vaporous harmony. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 Big, fluffy volumes overhead are shot through with vaporous light. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2021 Even a vaporous threat of Republicans at the barricades prompted Schumer to retreat. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 13 Feb. 2021 Even here, in the country’s second-oldest national park, the horizon is the sickly yellow of a cigarette butt, a vaporous mixture of Central Valley smog and forest fire smoke from the myriad infernos burning across the state. Thayer Walker, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2016 Ebooks reduce the experience of the book to something almost vaporous, a whisper, as if the book traveled to you on the wind. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 16 Dec. 2020 Conspiracy theories aren’t grounded in anything beyond the vaporous phantasms of paranoia. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of vaporous

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaporous

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

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11 Jul 2021

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“Vaporous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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