Synonyms for vague

Synonyms for (adjective) vague

Synonyms: obscure, vague

Definition: not clearly understood or expressed

Usage: an obscure turn of phrase; an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit-Anatole Broyard; their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear- P.A.Sorokin; vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science- John Locke

Similar words: unclear

Definition: not clear to the mind

Usage: the law itself was unclear on that point; the reason for their actions is unclear to this day


Synonyms: vague, undefined

Definition: not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished

Usage: an undefined term; undefined authority; some undefined sense of excitement; vague feelings of sadness; a vague uneasiness

Similar words: undefinable, indefinable

Definition: not capable of being precisely or readily described; not easily put into words

Usage: an indefinable feeling of terror; an abstract concept that seems indefinable


Synonyms: faint, shadowy, dim, vague, wispy

Definition: lacking clarity or distinctness

Usage: a dim figure in the distance; only a faint recollection; shadowy figures in the gloom; saw a vague outline of a building through the fog; a few wispy memories of childhood

Similar words: indistinct

Definition: not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand

Usage: indistinct shapes in the gloom; an indistinct memory; only indistinct notions of what to do