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  • adj. subject to vagaries; erratic
  • adj. tending to wander or roam
  • adj. capricious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to, or characterized by, vagaries; capricious; whimsical; crochety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having vagaries; whimsical; capricious; irregular.


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  • All shared in the toast, taking comfort in the fact that, for a change, a powerful force was on their side, mysterious and vagarious as it might be.

    Dragons Of A Lost Star

  • This may be a whimsical conclusion to the study of a personality so perplexing and vagarious as Sir John Willison.

    The Masques of Ottawa

  • She had a slow, vagarious notion that all of the cots were tilted, so that they appeared each on a cross, these mothers.


  • Thus the two lovers of Melicent foreplanned the future, and did not admit into their accounting vagarious Dame Chance.

    Domnei A Comedy of Woman-Worship

  • As a rule, however, the voices seemed vagarious, and he attached no importance to them, except as phenomena which interested him slightly.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist

  • When my friend left us for want of work in the office, or from the vagarious impulse which is so strong in our craft, I took my Shakespeare no longer to the woods and fields, but pored upon him mostly by night, in the narrow little space which I had for my study, under the stairs at home.

    My Literary Passions

  • With most primitive people, however, life is so vagarious and starvation so recurrent that they are not apt to retain their pets long enough to establish domesticated forms.

    Domesticated Animals Their Relation to Man and to his Advancement in Civilization

  • Mr. Robbins has laughed at our solicitude; he tells us that these are the vagarious fancies and exuberant whims of youth and that they will duly die out.

    The House An Episode in the Lives of Reuben Baker, Astronomer, and of His Wife, Alice

  • There are certain stars that have such irregular, uncertain, vagarious ways that they were called vagabonds, or planets, by the early astronomers.

    Recreations in Astronomy With Directions for Practical Experiments and Telescopic Work

  • One of the most notable personages of that little world, whom I knew in connection with Longfellow, was his brother-in-law, -- Thomas G. Appleton, -- a most distinguished amateur of art; a subtle, if sometimes vagarious, critic, poet, and thinker: the wit to whom most of the clever things said in Boston came naturally in time to be attributed.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I


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