ambiguous[am big′yo̵̅o̅ əs]
- The definition of ambiguous is something that is unclear or not easily describable.
An example of someone who might give an ambiguous answer to a question is a politician who is talking to his constituents.
Politicians are masters of ambiguous answers.
- having two or more possible meanings
- not clear; indefinite; vague
Origin of ambiguousClassical Latin ambiguus ; from ambigere, to wander ; from ambi-, about, around + agere, to do, act
- Open to more than one interpretation: an ambiguous reply.
- Doubtful or uncertain: “The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous” (Frank Rich).
Origin of ambiguousFrom Latin ambiguus, uncertain, from ambigere, to go about : amb-, ambi-, around; see ambi– + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ambiguous, superlative most ambiguous)
From Latin ambiguus (“moving from side to side, of doubtful nature”), from ambigere (“to go about, wander, doubt”), from ambi- (“around, about, on both sides”) + agere (“to drive, move”).