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.

Derived words:
vaguely ADV

`I'm not sure,' Liz said vaguely...

They issued a vaguely worded statement.

vagueness N-UNCOUNT oft N of n

...the vagueness of the language in the text.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you have a vague memory or idea of something, the memory or idea is not clear.

They have only a vague idea of the amount of water available...

Waite's memory of that first meeting was vague.

Derived words:
vaguely ADV ADV with v

Judith could vaguely remember her mother lying on the sofa.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you are vague about something, you deliberately do not tell people much about it.

He was vague, however, about just what U.S. forces might actually do...

Democratic leaders under election pressure tend to respond with vague promises of action...

Christopher's answer was deliberately vague.

4) ADJ-GRADED If you describe someone as vague, you mean that they do not seem to be thinking clearly.

She had married a charming but rather vague Englishman...

His eyes were always so vague when he looked at her.

Derived words:
vaguely ADV ADV with v

He looked vaguely around the room as he spoke, his mind elsewhere.

vagueness N-UNCOUNT

...a girl wandering in the blissful vagueness of someone in love.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If something such as a feeling is vague, you experience it only slightly.

He was conscious of that vague feeling of irritation again...

He had a vague impression of rain pounding on the packed earth.

6) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A vague shape or outline is not clear and is therefore not easy to see.

He looked at her vague shape through the frosted glass...

The bus was a vague shape in the distance.

English dictionary. 2008.


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