Vague

  • 1 vague — 1. (va gh ) s. f. 1°   Masse d eau de la mer, d une rivière ou d un lac, qui est agitée et soulevée par les vents, ou par une autre impulsion. •   Tel qu à vagues épandues Marche un fleuve impérieux, MALH. II, 2. •   Comme par une vague une vague …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 2 vague — [ veıg ] adjective ** 1. ) not clearly or fully explained: Some aspects of the law were somewhat vague and ill defined. Witnesses gave only a vague description of the driver. vague promises: The politicians made vague promises about independence …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3 Vague — (v[=a]g), a. [Compar. {Vaguer} (v[=a]g [ e]r); superl. {Vaguest}.] [F. vague, or L. vagus. See {Vague}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. Wandering; vagrant; vagabond. [Archaic] To set upon the vague villains. Hayward. [1913 Webster] She danced along with …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 vague — / vāg/ adj: characterized by such a lack of precision that a person of ordinary intelligence would have to guess if particular conduct is being proscribed: characterized by a failure to describe forbidden conduct in terms sufficient to provide… …

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  • 5 vague´ly — vague «vayg», adjective, va|guer, va|guest. 1. not definitely or precisely expressed: »His vague statement confused them. He gave a vague assent. SYNONYM(S): ambiguous. See syn. under obscure. (Cf. ↑ …

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  • 6 vague — S3 [veıg] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: Latin vagus wandering, vague ] 1.) unclear because someone does not give enough detailed information or does not say exactly what they mean ▪ The governor gave only a vague outline of his tax plan …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 vague — VAGUE. Eau de la mer, d une riviere, d un lac &c. agitée & eslevée au dessus de sa superficie. Il fait de grandes vagues. les vagues les ont pensé abismer. il fut englouti des vagues. rompre la vague. aller au devant de la vague. Vague. adj. de… …

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  • 8 Vague — Vague, n. [Cf. F. vague.] An indefinite expanse. [R.] [1913 Webster] The gray vague of unsympathizing sea. Lowell. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 Vague — Vague, v. i. [F. vaguer, L. vagari, fr. vagus roaming.] To wander; to roam; to stray. [Obs.] [The soul] doth vague and wander. Holland. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 vague — (adj.) 1540s, from M.Fr. vague, from L. vagus wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague, of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 vague ! — interj. soit ! expr. : E vague sus lo nas ! Et vlan dans le nez ! Vague encara qu ères ganarra… Passe encore que tu étais saoul… …

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  • 12 vague — [vāg] adj. vaguer, vaguest [Fr < L vagus, wandering < IE * wag , to be bent, prob. < base * wā > VACILLATE] 1. not clearly, precisely, or definitely expressed or stated 2. indefinite in shape, form, or character; hazily or… …

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  • 13 Vague — Vague, n. A wandering; a vagary. [Obs.] Holinshed. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 14 vague — Vague, f. penac. Est un terme plus frequent et usité entre les mariþniers navigeans en la mer mediteranée, qu entre ceux de la grand mer, qui {{o=que}} usent du terme oule, (imité de l Espagnol, qui l appelle ola) pour ce mesme, que signifie… …

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  • 15 vague — *obscure, dark, enigmatic, cryptic, ambiguous, equivocal Analogous words: *formless, unformed: *doubtful, dubious: abstruse, *recondite Antonyms: definite: specific: lucid Contrasted words: *clear, perspicuous: express, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 16 vague — [adj] not definite or clear ambiguous, amorphous, amphibological, bewildering, bleary, blurred, cloudy, dark, dim, doubtful, dreamlike, dubious, enigmatic, equivocal, faint, fuzzy, generalized, hazy, ill defined, impalpable, imprecise, indefinite …

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  • 17 vague — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of uncertain or indefinite character or meaning. 2) imprecise in thought or expression. DERIVATIVES vaguely adverb vagueness noun. ORIGIN Latin vagus wandering, uncertain …

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  • 18 vague — 1. vague [ vag ] n. f. • 1150; a. scand. vâgr;cf. all. Woge 1 ♦ Inégalité de la surface d une étendue liquide (mer, en particulier), due aux diverses forces naturelles qui s exercent sur le fluide en mouvement (courants, vent, etc.); masse d eau… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 19 Vague — Pour les articles homonymes, voir vague (homonymie). Vague se brisant sur la côte sauvage de l île d Yeu Lorsque le vent souffle sur la surface d un océan, d une mer ou d un …

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  • 20 vague — [[t]ve͟ɪg[/t]] vaguer, vaguest 1) ADJ GRADED If something written or spoken is vague, it does not explain or express things clearly. A lot of the talk was apparently vague and general... The description was pretty vague. ...vague information. Ant …

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