Definition of vaguely in English:

vaguely

adverb

  • 1In a way that is uncertain, indefinite, or unclear; roughly.

    ‘he vaguely remembered talking to her once’
    • ‘Riley vaguely talked of studies to find waste to cut.’
    • ‘The regulations make what is vaguely described as "profiting others" a crime.’
    • ‘Members in the clubs of the early 1830s had talked vaguely of votes for all.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember skimming through it at the time and not being at all interested - it was over.’
    • ‘Elizabeth vaguely recognized some of the faces from the funeral, but not all of them.’
    • ‘A few grooves in a tree trunk, looking vaguely like a face, elevated into being the sacred image of our saviour.’
    • ‘He spoke rather vaguely of contacts with directors of rugby to try to obtain time out for the knackered, now and again.’
    • ‘The vaguely worded bills seek to criminalize safe and common abortion procedures throughout pregnancy.’
    • ‘The trouble is most of these rules are vaguely worded.’
    • ‘Whilst I vaguely remember hearing the news story, the way my family reacted is by far the more memorable bit.’
    • ‘And as I headed down to the baggage claim, one initial impression of LA cemented itself in my mind: this city smells vaguely like onion dip.’
    • ‘Less vaguely it also wanted to help develop genuinely European companies and measures to improve Europes position in high technology sectors.’
    • ‘I can vaguely remember the comatosing effect of the free Russian vodka.’
    • ‘It allows the state attorney-general and local prosecutors wide powers to prosecute vaguely defined charges of fraud against those working to sign up voters.’
    • ‘Not knowing how our relationship would be interpreted, we had vaguely discussed before leaving Tassie that we should just say we were close friends.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember them moving me to another place and a new group of four to five people. "’
    • ‘For us young'uns Kate Bush is remembered, vaguely, as a kind of precursor to Tori Amos, a similarly cryptic and leftfield songstress.’
    • ‘The film also vaguely resembles some of Werner Herzog's "documentaries," in the way it blends dramatic fiction with actual truth.’
    • ‘These very vaguely worded provisions do not specify the scope or conditions of exercise of the discretionary power which was at the origin of the measures complained of.’
    • ‘Contractors are working round the ring mains, which vaguely follows the Bradford Ring Road, in an anti-clockwise direction.’
    • ‘The police statistics vaguely labeled 45 percent of juvenile offenses as "immorality," " incorrigibility, " and running away.’
    roughly, more or less, approximately, nearly, just about, practically, virtually, as near as dammit, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes
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    1. 1.1 In a way that is unfocused or lacks attention; absentmindedly.
      ‘he nodded vaguely’
      • ‘She vaguely mentioned something about pursuing another line of work and thanked them for all their kindnesses.’
      • ‘Darcy was still immobile, continuing to look around vaguely.’
      • ‘"They're better than ever today," he summed up vaguely, and presumably are better still now - whoever they are.’
      • ‘She vaguely points downwards, as if alerting the darkening world to imminent nightfall.’
      • ‘'I think it's because they don't force feed them,' he says, vaguely. 'Basically, they raise the cows slower, more carefully'.’
      • ‘Janelle takes no notice of Harold except to vaguely tell him to "look under things," for their clothes, and then goes back to eating her dinner.’
      • ‘Rick methodically entered the data, prepared explanations, and vaguely looked at the virus pattern to see if he could see anything, which was never his specialty.’
      absent-mindedly, abstractedly, inattentively, with one's head in the clouds, vacantly, vacuously, giddily, forgetfully
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  • 2[as submodifier] Slightly.

    ‘he looked vaguely familiar’
    • ‘It's always vaguely reassuring to find someone with worse hair than me.’
    • ‘In its original German version, the words sound great: spiky, crunchy, memorable, even vaguely credible.’
    • ‘It sounded vaguely familiar, so I took it off the shelf.’
    • ‘Angola, which is about twice the size of Texas, may be a nation with a vaguely familiar ring to many Americans.’
    • ‘There is something vaguely fascist in that utter blankness and justification by heroism.’
    • ‘The voice at the other end - a man - was vaguely familiar.’
    • ‘Each week teams would have to carry out vaguely ludicrous tasks under the tuition of Glenn Reynolds.’
    • ‘They both have a vaguely similar purplish look to their front pages.’
    • ‘Most of all, though, it bothers me that there is so little that is celebratory - or even vaguely pleasurable - about her regimes.’
    • ‘They wanted us to take out every single word that was even vaguely religious or spiritual.’
    • ‘There's something vaguely smug about a filmmaker crafting a wholly unrealistic portrait of America and then criticizing us for being as violent as the people in his movie.’
    • ‘At first the officers in charge of the troops garrisoned in the city were vaguely apprehensive of trouble in the ranks.’
    • ‘Garbanzo beans, Marcona almonds and golden raisins, along with cumin in the sausage, turned the dish vaguely Moroccan.’
    • ‘I'm lightheaded and feel vaguely nauseous.’
    • ‘I just wanted to watch something vaguely entertaining to prevent me from being bored.’
    • ‘And it all sounded vaguely true.’
    • ‘Making distinctions based on birth certificates, that's what is vaguely xenophobic.’
    • ‘That is the trouble with financial history - it may be vaguely comforting, but it is of no practical use whatsoever.’
    • ‘Their vaguely glam image and strong female vocalists sets them apart, and make for a fun experience that's hard to dislike.’
    • ‘He wagged his index finger, beckoning in a vaguely menacing way.’
    slightly, a little, a bit, somewhat, rather, moderately, to some degree, to a certain extent, in a way, to a slight extent, faintly, obscurely, dimly
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Pronunciation

vaguely

/ˈvāɡlē/