Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Fickle, capricious, reckless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Light; giddy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giddy.

Etymologies

From Old French volage, from Latin volaticus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She was Medea, and if Jason was volage, woe to Creusa!

    The Newcomes

  • This beautiful insect, so common about Florence and Rome, and in central Italy, is extremely rare about Naples; nor does this seem to be from their disliking the sea, for we never saw so many as at Pesaro, on the Adriatic; -- no insect, then, is more volage, or uncertain as to place, than the firefly.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846

  • "Le lendemain, Phillis peu sage Aurait donne moutons et chien Pour un baiser que le volage A Lisette donnait pour rien."

    Crome Yellow

  • Pierre volage ne queult mousse (A rolling stone gathers no moss).

    Quotations

  • Mildred has perhaps inherited her father's volage nature where the other sex are concerned, and early shows tendencies which ought to be sympathetically checked and directed.

    Three Things

  • But now suppose that your mind is in its nature discursive, erratic, subject to electric attractions and repulsions, volage; it may be impossible for you to compel your attention except by taking away all external disturbances.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • If I had not already shown myself up to my reader as a garcon volage of the first water, perhaps I should now hesitate about confessing that I half regretted the short space during which it should be my privilege to act as the guide and mentor of my two friends.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer — Volume 3

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