Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extravagant or erratic notion or action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An erratic notion or action.
  • n. An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wandering or strolling.
  • n. Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)

Etymologies

From Latin vagārī, to wander, from vagus, wandering.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vagus ("wandering"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Vagary (verb) means "to wander or roam" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    July 12, 2011

  • Strange happening:Economists don't understand all the vagaries of the stock market. (newbury house dic.)

    October 30, 2010