Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Vaporous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Vaporous; producing vapors; composed of or characterized by vapors: as, a vapory redness in the sky.
  • Affected with the vapors; hypochondriacal; splenetic; peevish: as, vapory humors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of vapors; vaporous.
  • adjective Hypochondriacal; splenetic; peevish.

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  • adjective resembling vapor; vaporous

Etymologies

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vapor +‎ -y

Examples

  • One would say that Nagasaki is ascending at the same time as ourselves; but yonder, and very far away, in a kind of vapory mist which seems luminous on the blackness of the sky; and from the town there rises a confused murmur of voices and rumbling of gongs and laughter.

    Madame Chrysantheme

  • And then a hand almost snatches it: a vapory hand with broken pink fingernails and cracked, burned skin.

    The Other Side of Dark

  • Even more beautifulwas that vapory vibration of accumulated sounds that never ceased for a moment, as it rose to the lip of granite where I stood wiping my foul mouth.

    The murderer’s fancy style

  • Maybe another idea for the cutest thing ever is when you are asleep in bed, and in the middle of the night the gray things come bending down out of the walls, slowly lowering their vapory torsos until their faces are hovering just inches from yours.

    The Cutest Thing Ever (ii)

  • Even more beautifulwas that vapory vibration of accumulated sounds that never ceased for a moment, as it rose to the lip of granite where I stood wiping my foul mouth.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Each mountain, as if its firm and immutable form were flexible and varying, altered in appearance, like that of a shadowy apparition, as the position of the strangers relative to them changed with their motions, and as the mist, which continued slowly though constantly to descend, influenced the rugged as pect of the hilts and valleys which it shrouded with its vapory mantle.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Imagine how fiercely they dip the cups, the life of their arms, the falling, how the horse's throat-deep, rhythmic sighs, and the vapory mist of each dipper's breath step forth, take their shapes, and are gone.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Imagine how fiercely they dip the cups, the life of their arms, the falling, how the horse's throat-deep, rhythmic sighs, and the vapory mist of each dipper's breath step forth, take their shapes, and are gone.

    As long as we're on poetry

  • Far more disconcerting than their deaths was the unclear or “vapory” meaning of their lives.

    The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture: 1776-1876

  • Then they layer on morbid lyrics, vapory and spooky harmonies and bursts of organ or the peeling of chimes.

    Low's Hypnotic New Album: 'Drums and Guns'

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