vagary

  • 1 Vagary — Va*ga ry, n.; pl. {Vagaries}. [L. vagari to stroll about. See {Vague}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A wandering or strolling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose. The vagaries… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 vagary — index notion, quirk (idiosyncrasy) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 vagary — (n.) 1570s, a wandering, a roaming journey, probably from L. vagari to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad, from vagus roving, wandering (see VAGUE (Cf. vague)). Current meaning of eccentric notion or conduct (1620s) is from notion of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 vagary — *caprice, freak, fancy, whim, whimsy, conceit, crotchet Analogous words: *mood, humor, temper, vein: *fancy, fantasy, dream, daydream: notion, *idea …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 vagary — meaning ‘an eccentric idea or action’, is pronounced vay gǝ ri …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 vagary — [n] caprice crotchet, fancy, fool notion*, humor, idea, impulse, inconsistency, inconstancy, notion, quirk, whim, whimsy; concepts 13,410 …

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  • 7 vagary — ► NOUN (pl. vagaries) ▪ an unexpected and inexplicable change. ORIGIN from Latin vagari wander …

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  • 8 vagary — [vā′gə rē; və ger′ē, vā′gar′ē] n. pl. vagaries [earlier used as a v., to wander < L vagari, to wander < vagus: see VAGUE] 1. an odd, eccentric, or unexpected action or bit of conduct 2. an odd, whimsical, or freakish idea or notion; oddity; …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 vagary — noun (plural ries) Etymology: probably from Latin vagari to wander, from vagus wandering Date: 1579 an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion Synonyms: see caprice …

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  • 10 vagary — /veuh gair ee, vay geuh ree/, n., pl. vagaries. 1. an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance: the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene. 2. a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action. [1565… …

    Universalium

  • 11 vagary — noun a) An erratic notion or action. b) An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice …

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  • 12 vagary — Synonyms and related words: aberration, bee, boutade, brainstorm, capriccio, caprice, circuitousness, conceit, crank, craze, crazy idea, crosswiseness, crotchet, daydream, declination, deflection, deflexure, deviance, deviation, deviousness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 vagary — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fancy, notion, caprice, whim; quirk, foible. See changeableness, imagination. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. notion, caprice, whimsy, fad; see caprice , impulse 2 . See Synonym Study at caprice . III (Roget… …

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  • 14 vagary —  pl. vagaries …

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  • 15 vagary — [[t]ve͟ɪgəri[/t]] vagaries N COUNT: usu pl, usu N of n Vagaries are unexpected and unpredictable changes in a situation or in someone s behaviour which you have no control over. [FORMAL] I take an assortment of clothes on holiday, as a provision… …

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  • 16 vagary — va·gar·y || vÉ™ gÉ™rɪ / veɪg n. odd or unexpected action or idea …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 vagary — [ veɪg(ə)ri] noun (plural vagaries) an unexpected and inexplicable change. Origin C16: from L. vagari wander …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 vagary — n. Whim, freak, whimsey, crotchet, whimsicality, caprice, fancy, humor …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 vagary — noun the vagaries of the weather Syn: change, fluctuation, variation, quirk, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity, unpredictability, caprice, foible, whim, whimsy, fancy …

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  • 20 vagary — n caprice, notion, crank, impulse, extravagant idea, brain wave, brainstorm; whim, whimsy, fancy, humor, crotchet, Archaic. maggot; idiosyncrasy, idiocrasy, peculiarity, eccentricity, quirk, oddity; erraticism, turn, twist, fit …

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