AskDefine | Define vagary

Dictionary Definition

vagary n : an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.); "the vagaries of the weather"; "his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market"; "he has dealt with human vagaries for many years"

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Latin vagus (wandering)


  • (US) IPA: formerly /ˌvəˈɡɛɹi/, now commonly /ˈveɪˌɡəɹi/
  • (US) X-SAMPA: formerly /%v@"gEr\i/, now commonly /"veI%g@r\i/


Derived terms


An erratic notion or action
An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice

Extensive Definition

Vagary is an erratic notion or action.
  • Vagary is a boss in Doom 3:Resurrection of Evil
  • A type of african grapefruit

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