Definition of vagary in US English:


nounPlural vagaries

usually vagaries
  • An unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior.

    ‘the vagaries of the weather’
    • ‘Due to the vagaries of our climate, you are just as likely to be huddled under three rugs and dreaming of an umbrella as a slow drizzle begins to fall.’
    • ‘He knows only too well the vagaries of head-to-head golf over the short sprint that is 18-holes.’
    • ‘She will also learn first-hand about the vagaries of the stock market.’
    • ‘It's a great thing to do for your income stream, because government programs are much more reliable than the vagaries of the market.’
    • ‘Social Security was a safe harbor designed to protect people from the vagaries of the markets.’
    • ‘And even then the tournament fell victim to the vagaries of the British weather when the final was rained off for three days.’
    • ‘I have been in particularly reflective and sombre mood recently, feeling vulnerable to the vagaries of city life.’
    • ‘Thanks to the vagaries of interest rates, our mortgages can shoot up at will.’
    • ‘They withstood the vagaries of nature and remained mute witnesses to the changing times.’
    • ‘As the wetlands falls away, pipelines are exposed to the vagaries of open water.’
    • ‘Instead, the romantics among us have been left feeling used and abused by the unforgiving vagaries of football.’
    • ‘The problem is that security in old age depends increasingly on the vagaries of the stock market.’
    • ‘We have always felt somewhat vulnerable to the vagaries of political change.’
    • ‘The match survived the vagaries of the weather, an overnight thaw giving a window to allow the game to take place.’
    • ‘This can curb the vagaries in the market and rein in the prices of cement.’
    • ‘Doesn't that make you more vulnerable to the vagaries of government budgets?’
    • ‘On one occasion, he even phoned me to apologise, and sighed down the phone at the vagaries of his schedule.’
    • ‘The front door would not shut properly, remaining stubbornly open to the world's vagaries.’
    • ‘Transport is too important to be left to the vagaries of the market.’
    • ‘In short, our elite athletes often live a life wrapped in cotton wool and protected from the vagaries of growing up.’
    quirk, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity, unpredictability, fluctuation, foible, whim, whimsy, notion, conceit, caprice, fancy, kink, crotchet
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Late 16th century (also as a verb in the sense ‘roam’): from Latin vagari ‘wander’.