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Topic: SHAPES, PATTERNS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin vagus 'wandering, vague'

vague

adjective
     
vague S3
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.
vague about
Julia was vague about where she had been and what she had been doing.
2

have a vague idea/feeling/recollection etc (that)

to think that something might be true or that you remember something, although you cannot be sure:
Larry had the vague feeling he'd done something embarrassing the night before.
3CF not having a clear shape or form [= indistinct]:
The vague shape of a figure loomed through the mist.
vagueness noun [uncountable]
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