Definition of vagary in English:



  • An unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behaviour.

    ‘the vagaries of the weather’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem is that security in old age depends increasingly on the vagaries of the stock market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the wetlands falls away, pipelines are exposed to the vagaries of open water.’
    • ‘On one occasion, he even phoned me to apologise, and sighed down the phone at the vagaries of his schedule.’
    • ‘Social Security was a safe harbor designed to protect people from the vagaries of the markets.’
    • ‘This can curb the vagaries in the market and rein in the prices of cement.’
    • ‘It's a great thing to do for your income stream, because government programs are much more reliable than the vagaries of the market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doesn't that make you more vulnerable to the vagaries of government budgets?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, the romantics among us have been left feeling used and abused by the unforgiving vagaries of football.’
    • ‘They withstood the vagaries of nature and remained mute witnesses to the changing times.’
    • ‘In short, our elite athletes often live a life wrapped in cotton wool and protected from the vagaries of growing up.’
    • ‘Thanks to the vagaries of interest rates, our mortgages can shoot up at will.’
    quirk, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity, unpredictability, fluctuation, foible, whim, whimsy, notion, conceit, caprice, fancy, kink, crotchet
    hang-up, thing
    megrim, singularity
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Late 16th century (also as a verb in the sense ‘roam’): from Latin vagari wander.