Definition of vague in English:



  • 1Of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning.

    ‘many patients suffer vague symptoms’
    • ‘There is certainly a need for change, but these plans at present are vague, confusing and uncertain.’
    • ‘I have a vague memory that it took about eight months for him to leave office after Black Wednesday.’
    • ‘There is always a vague feeling of inertia, a longing to go back to a country they have never seen.’
    • ‘She was maybe 20 and had vague hopes, somewhere down the line, of becoming an actor.’
    • ‘I sort of had this vague recollection that it was used for munitions, but that was about it.’
    • ‘The gales howled, and for a moment, a vague shape began to materialize from the general direction of the gate.’
    • ‘I have very vague ideas so basically suggestions are totally appreciated as well as opinions as always.’
    • ‘Not only do I not remember them I don't even have a vague idea of what the subject matter was.’
    • ‘The news is uncertain, the details clouded and vague, and the truth behind the fact is elusive.’
    • ‘But for now I do feel some vague optimism, and a desire to see if I can make it work properly.’
    • ‘Some of the great land-based empires soon became little more than vague memories.’
    • ‘"There are some vague memories but… " his frustrated face relaxed.’
    • ‘As he stared, the shimmer resolved into a vague outline of a man.’
    • ‘These people are not interested in submerging their faiths into a vague universal spirituality.’
    • ‘They have only vague, dim ideas about feelings, the development and nurture of human emotions.’
    • ‘I have a very vague recollection of being aware of a coach or something alongside the bus.’
    • ‘The question of the intelligentsia, a somewhat vague term to begin with, is not really explored here systematically.’
    • ‘Nearly all the remaining complaints were trivial, baseless or impossibly vague.’
    • ‘I have vague memories of shuffling up the street to the corner shop in them, only to discover that it was closed.’
    • ‘Even so the allegations were so vague they would have been impossible to defend.’
    indistinct, indefinite, indeterminate, unclear
    absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, disorganization, dreaminess, inattention, abstraction, wool-gathering, empty-headedness, giddiness, confusion, befuddlement
    uncertain, undecided, yet to be decided, unsure, unclear, unsettled, indefinite, indeterminate, unknown, unestablished, unconfirmed, unresolved, unascertained, pending, outstanding, in the balance, up in the air, speculative
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    1. 1.1Thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way.
      ‘he had been very vague about his activities’
      • ‘She is characteristically vague on a number of crucial narrative occasions.’
      • ‘She was a bit vague on the legal specifics.’
      • ‘The problem is that talk of the interests of justice is very vague and very general.’
      • ‘When it came to direct actions, the group discussions became purposely vague.’
      • ‘Exponents of travel are often vague as to how the benefits are supposed to work.’
      • ‘"You could say that… " she answered, purposefully sounding vague.’
      • ‘The Home Office, not the most tentative of Whitehall departments, kept things vague.’
      • ‘The party has been vague and woolly with regard to the treaty settlement process up until now.’
      • ‘So I said yes, I would go to his evening class on Wednesday, about which he was so vague and mysterious.’
      • ‘He remained vague over the issue of privatisation which occupied the national press last week.’
      • ‘They remain rather vague about how they will achieve these aspirations.’
      • ‘I find her a bit vague and she reminds me strongly of the goth girls who used to run stalls in Kensington Market a few years back.’
      • ‘An FBI statement was vague about specific details, but made it clear that threats had been made.’
      • ‘Finn was still a bit vague on the subject.’
      • ‘I didn't mean to be purposefully vague about the details of what happened to me.’
      • ‘He has been criticised for being wilfully vague about those policy plans during the campaign.’
      • ‘Sorry to be a bit vague but I don't want to mention the domain in question.’
      • ‘You seem a little vague though, would you go so far as to describe it as a ‘cracking read’?’
      • ‘Someone might reply that my explanation is vague and approximate.’
      • ‘The Spectator editor, as is his custom, seemed a little vague as he accosted the former party leader.’
      imprecise, inexact, rough, approximate, inexplicit, non-specific, loose, ill-defined, generalized, ambiguous, equivocal, hazy, woolly
      unclear, hazy, uncertain, unsure, undecided
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Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin vagus wandering, uncertain.