Definition of vaguely in US English:

vaguely

adverb

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

    ‘he vaguely remembered talking to her once’
    • ‘The film also vaguely resembles some of Werner Herzog's "documentaries," in the way it blends dramatic fiction with actual truth.’
    • ‘The police statistics vaguely labeled 45 percent of juvenile offenses as "immorality," " incorrigibility, " and running away.’
    • ‘Contractors are working round the ring mains, which vaguely follows the Bradford Ring Road, in an anti-clockwise direction.’
    • ‘Not knowing how our relationship would be interpreted, we had vaguely discussed before leaving Tassie that we should just say we were close friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Riley vaguely talked of studies to find waste to cut.’
    • ‘The regulations make what is vaguely described as "profiting others" a crime.’
    • ‘He spoke rather vaguely of contacts with directors of rugby to try to obtain time out for the knackered, now and again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can vaguely remember the comatosing effect of the free Russian vodka.’
    • ‘Elizabeth vaguely recognized some of the faces from the funeral, but not all of them.’
    • ‘For us young'uns Kate Bush is remembered, vaguely, as a kind of precursor to Tori Amos, a similarly cryptic and leftfield songstress.’
    • ‘Whilst I vaguely remember hearing the news story, the way my family reacted is by far the more memorable bit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trouble is most of these rules are vaguely worded.’
    • ‘A few grooves in a tree trunk, looking vaguely like a face, elevated into being the sacred image of our saviour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Less vaguely it also wanted to help develop genuinely European companies and measures to improve Europes position in high technology sectors.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember them moving me to another place and a new group of four to five people. "’
    • ‘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. 1.1 In a way that is unfocused or lacks attention; absentmindedly.
      ‘he nodded vaguely’
      • ‘"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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She vaguely points downwards, as if alerting the darkening world to imminent nightfall.’
      • ‘Darcy was still immobile, continuing to look around vaguely.’
      • ‘'I think it's because they don't force feed them,' he says, vaguely. 'Basically, they raise the cows slower, more carefully'.’
      • ‘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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  • 2as submodifier Slightly.

    ‘he looked vaguely familiar’
    • ‘It's always vaguely reassuring to find someone with worse hair than me.’
    • ‘They both have a vaguely similar purplish look to their front pages.’
    • ‘In its original German version, the words sound great: spiky, crunchy, memorable, even vaguely credible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is the trouble with financial history - it may be vaguely comforting, but it is of no practical use whatsoever.’
    • ‘And it all sounded vaguely true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is something vaguely fascist in that utter blankness and justification by heroism.’
    • ‘Their vaguely glam image and strong female vocalists sets them apart, and make for a fun experience that's hard to dislike.’
    • ‘Most of all, though, it bothers me that there is so little that is celebratory - or even vaguely pleasurable - about her regimes.’
    • ‘It sounded vaguely familiar, so I took it off the shelf.’
    • ‘Making distinctions based on birth certificates, that's what is vaguely xenophobic.’
    • ‘At first the officers in charge of the troops garrisoned in the city were vaguely apprehensive of trouble in the ranks.’
    • ‘He wagged his index finger, beckoning in a vaguely menacing way.’
    • ‘I just wanted to watch something vaguely entertaining to prevent me from being bored.’
    • ‘They wanted us to take out every single word that was even vaguely religious or spiritual.’
    • ‘Angola, which is about twice the size of Texas, may be a nation with a vaguely familiar ring to many Americans.’
    • ‘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.’
    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//ˈveɪɡli/