Definition of vaguely in English:

vaguely

adverb

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

    ‘he vaguely remembered talking to her once’
    • ‘The police statistics vaguely labeled 45 percent of juvenile offenses as "immorality," " incorrigibility, " and running away.’
    • ‘Members in the clubs of the early 1830s had talked vaguely of votes for all.’
    • ‘Riley vaguely talked of studies to find waste to cut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For us young'uns Kate Bush is remembered, vaguely, as a kind of precursor to Tori Amos, a similarly cryptic and leftfield songstress.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember them moving me to another place and a new group of four to five people. "’
    • ‘The film also vaguely resembles some of Werner Herzog's "documentaries," in the way it blends dramatic fiction with actual truth.’
    • ‘The vaguely worded bills seek to criminalize safe and common abortion procedures throughout pregnancy.’
    • ‘The trouble is most of these rules are vaguely worded.’
    • ‘Less vaguely it also wanted to help develop genuinely European companies and measures to improve Europes position in high technology sectors.’
    • ‘I vaguely remember skimming through it at the time and not being at all interested - it was over.’
    • ‘Not knowing how our relationship would be interpreted, we had vaguely discussed before leaving Tassie that we should just say we were close friends.’
    • ‘Whilst I vaguely remember hearing the news story, the way my family reacted is by far the more memorable bit.’
    • ‘The regulations make what is vaguely described as "profiting others" a crime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elizabeth vaguely recognized some of the faces from the funeral, but not all of them.’
    • ‘I can vaguely remember the comatosing effect of the free Russian vodka.’
    • ‘A few grooves in a tree trunk, looking vaguely like a face, elevated into being the sacred image of our saviour.’
    • ‘Contractors are working round the ring mains, which vaguely follows the Bradford Ring Road, in an anti-clockwise direction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He spoke rather vaguely of contacts with directors of rugby to try to obtain time out for the knackered, now and again.’
    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; absent-mindedly.
      ‘he nodded 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.’
      • ‘'I think it's because they don't force feed them,' he says, vaguely. 'Basically, they raise the cows slower, more carefully'.’
      • ‘She vaguely points downwards, as if alerting the darkening world to imminent nightfall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2[as submodifier] Slightly.

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

/ˈveɪɡli/