Sheryle and Melanie struggled with the vague instructions that came with the unassembled bookshelf.
An example of vague would be directions to a house that don't include street names.
- not clearly, precisely, or definitely expressed or stated
- indefinite in shape, form, or character; hazily or indistinctly seen or sensed
- not sharp, certain, or precise in thought, feeling, or expression: vague in his answers, a vague hope
- not precisely determined or known; uncertain
Origin of vagueFrench from Classical Latin vagus, wandering from Indo-European an unverified form wag-, to be bent, probably from base an unverified form w?- from source vacillate
- Not clear in meaning or expression; inexplicit. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
- Not thinking or expressing oneself clearly: “Most of us are quite vague about the theoretical underpinnings of the medical theories that guide our doctors” ( Kwame Anthony Appiah )
- Lacking definite shape, form, or character; indistinct: saw a vague outline of a building through the fog.
- Indistinctly felt, perceived, understood, or recalled; hazy: a vague uneasiness.
Origin of vagueFrench from Old French wandering from Latin vagus
(comparative vaguer, superlative vaguest)
- not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.
- not having a precise meaning.
- a vague term of abuse
- not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.
- only a vague notion of what's needed
- a vague hint of a thickening waistline
- I haven't the vaguest idea.
- not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.
- a vague longing
- not thinking or expressing one's thoughts clearly or precisely.
- lacking expression; vacant.
- not sharply outlined; hazy.
- Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.
(third-person singular simple present vagues, present participle vaguing, simple past and past participle vagued)