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 Most sane people who attend public architecture panels will roll their eyes at least occasionally at the pomposity or vaporous pretension of some panelist or other, but that is hardly grounds for blanket exclusion of professional opinion. Washington Post, "New architectural guidelines would make America look ridiculous again," 6 Feb. 2020 This column has been hard on Bloomberg News for forecasting a wholesale transition to electric cars in the near future based on vaporous promises by politicians eventually to ban gasoline-powered cars. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Tesla’s Stock Goes to Heaven," 4 Feb. 2020 The universe boasts many, many second-string exoplanets: large waterlogged worlds, vaporous gas balls and objects that are simply too hot or too cold to be great places for biology. NBC News, "How a discovery that earned the Nobel Prize in Physics transformed the hunt for alien life," 9 Oct. 2019 The instrumental music whips endlessly from a vaporous, stormy fog of sound to harsh crashes. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Though the industry is still predominantly male and employment statistics are somewhat vaporous, the power and influence of women are, by all signs, on the upswing. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "Women in Weed: How Legal Marijuana Could Be the First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated by Men," 20 Aug. 2015 All the while, showgoers gave a lesson in what real-world beauty looks like, highlighted by the vaporous curls, icy lavender dye jobs, and mall goth lipstick swipes that magnetized the photographer’s lens. Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Beauty From the Fall 2018 Shows," 8 Mar. 2018 The cut-outs expose the wall on which the painting hangs, but slow perusal begins to reveal vaporous flickers of pale color within the neat lineup of empty spaces. Christopher Knight,, "Jim DeFrance retrospective at Doyle Arts Pavilion is a dazzler," 24 Feb. 2018 With the exception of one clever twist at the midway point, what transpires here is thin, vaporous and awfully derivative. Justin Chang,, "Lin Shaye is a scream, but 'Insidious: The Last Key' doesn't click," 4 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of vaporous was in 1527

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15 Feb 2020

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“Vaporous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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