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Webster 1913 Edition


Vagary

Va-ga′ry

(vȧ-gā′ry̆ or văg′ȧ-rē̍)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Vagaries
(vȧ-gā′rĭz or văg′ȧ-rē̍z)
.
[L.
vagari
to stroll about. See
Vague
.]
1.
A wandering or strolling.
[Obs.]
2.
Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
“The vagaries of a child.”
Spectator.
They changed their minds,
Flew off, and into strange
vagaries
fell.
Milton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Vagary

VAGA'RY

,
Noun.
[L. vagus, wandering.] A wandering of the thoughts; a wild freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
They chang'd their minds, flew off, and into strange vagaries fell.

Definition 2022


vagary

vagary

English

Noun

vagary (plural vagaries)

  1. An erratic, unpredictable occurrence or action.
    • 1871, Charles Kingsley, At Last: A Christmas In The West Indies, ch. 8:
      It now turns out that the Pitch Lake, like most other things, owes its appearance on the surface to no convulsion or vagary at all, but to a most slow, orderly, and respectable process of nature, by which buried vegetable matter, which would have become peat, and finally brown coal, in a temperate climate, becomes, under the hot tropic soil, asphalt and oil.
  2. An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice or whim.
    • 1905, Jack London, War of the Classes, Preface:
      And then came the day when my socialism grew respectable,—still a vagary of youth, it was held, but romantically respectable.

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