Definition of vaguely in English:

vaguely

adverb

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

    ‘he vaguely remembered talking to her once’
    • ‘I vaguely remember skimming through it at the time and not being at all interested - it was over.’
    • ‘A few grooves in a tree trunk, looking vaguely like a face, elevated into being the sacred image of our saviour.’
    • ‘The regulations make what is vaguely described as "profiting others" a crime.’
    • ‘I can vaguely remember the comatosing effect of the free Russian vodka.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember them moving me to another place and a new group of four to five people. "’
    • ‘The trouble is most of these rules are vaguely worded.’
    • ‘Members in the clubs of the early 1830s had talked vaguely of votes for all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He spoke rather vaguely of contacts with directors of rugby to try to obtain time out for the knackered, now and again.’
    • ‘The police statistics vaguely labeled 45 percent of juvenile offenses as "immorality," " incorrigibility, " and running away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whilst I vaguely remember hearing the news story, the way my family reacted is by far the more memorable bit.’
    • ‘Riley vaguely talked of studies to find waste to cut.’
    • ‘Not knowing how our relationship would be interpreted, we had vaguely discussed before leaving Tassie that we should just say we were close friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Less vaguely it also wanted to help develop genuinely European companies and measures to improve Europes position in high technology sectors.’
    • ‘Elizabeth vaguely recognized some of the faces from the funeral, but not all of them.’
    • ‘Contractors are working round the ring mains, which vaguely follows the Bradford Ring Road, in an anti-clockwise direction.’
    • ‘The vaguely worded bills seek to criminalize safe and common abortion procedures throughout pregnancy.’
    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. 1.1In a way that is unfocused or lacks attention; absentmindedly.
      ‘he nodded vaguely’
      • ‘'I think it's because they don't force feed them,' he says, vaguely. 'Basically, they raise the cows slower, more carefully'.’
      • ‘Darcy was still immobile, continuing to look around vaguely.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"They're better than ever today," he summed up vaguely, and presumably are better still now - whoever they are.’
      • ‘She vaguely mentioned something about pursuing another line of work and thanked them for all their kindnesses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She vaguely points downwards, as if alerting the darkening world to imminent nightfall.’
  • 2[as submodifier] Slightly.

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