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vague

vague

 
pronunciation:
veIg
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
inflections: vaguer, vaguest
definition 1: inexact, unclear, or indistinct in form or character.
We could see a vague outline of a steeple through the mist.There was still a vague odor of sweat in the room.
synonyms:
bleary, blurry, foggy, fuzzy, indistinct, nebulous, obscure, shadowy
antonyms:
clear, clear-cut, definite, explicit, trenchant
similar words:
amorphous, diaphanous, diffuse, dim, general, hazy, indefinite, inexact, muddy, opaque, uncertain, unclear
definition 2: not clearly expressed or able to be understood.
The terms of the contract were vague.The meaning of this paragraph is rather vague.
synonyms:
foggy, hazy, imprecise, indefinite, indistinct, nebulous, opaque, unclear
antonyms:
clear, clear-cut, explicit, express, incisive, precise
similar words:
cloudy, diffuse, dim, faint, general, imperceptible, indeterminate, inexact, murky, noncommittal, weak
definition 3: unclear in conveying; unintentionally or intentionally unspecific or ambiguous.
He was vague about his schedule.The politician gave only vague answers to the reporters' questions.They made vague promises to meet again soon.
synonyms:
ambiguous, imprecise, indefinite, obscure, uncertain, unclear, unspecific
antonyms:
explicit, specific, vivid
similar words:
doubtful, dubious, fuzzy, indistinct, inexact, nebulous, unsure
derivations: vaguely (adv.), vagueness (n.)
Word Parts
The word vague contains the following part:
vag Latin root that means wander