American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extravagant or erratic notion or action.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gad; range.
- n. A wandering or strolling.
- n. A wandering of the thoughts; a wild freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A wandering or strolling.
- n. Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
- n. an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
- From Latin vagus ("wandering"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin vagārī, to wander, from vagus, wandering. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He can call them “simple” tests, but this kind of vagary is far from simple to implement into a budget.”
“For there is no such thing as a naturally occurring "vagary" that we cannot tackle effectively with the fund of techniques to which all societies and all generations have contributed.”
“Nobody seems interested in destroying, once and for all, the vicious circle in which this "vagary" of international fraud entraps us.”
“Given the perpetual fear/reward roller coaster of his world, Cheswick has committed his real but misguided passion to a fight which, by virtue of its vagary and volatility, can only end in his defeat.”
“His surname changes to Peyten and then Peyton, which is the vagary of the census-taker, not John.”
“And then came the day when my socialism grew respectable, -- still a vagary of youth, it was held, but romantically respectable.”
“In the bourgeois mind socialism has changed from a terrible disease to a youthful vagary, and later on had its thunder stolen by the two old parties, -- socialism, like a meek and thrifty workingman, being exploited became respectable.”
“I cannot tell you how full of vagary the correspondence we have fallen into seems to me.”
“Now, maybe we'll get some more background on Holly in future issues, but for a first issue, that sort of vagary sticks out.”
“Putting a stop to such vagary is what the new definitions are all about.”
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Words that remind me to:
Stop speaking with laze.
Exercise my intellect more than my tongue.
Choose Better Company.
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Words which are either entirely new to me or;
Words which I comprehend generally but would prefer a more precise definition.
Words I like to use, words I like but may forget.
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