Adjective "vagaries" definition and examples

(Vagaries may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


An unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behaviour.
  1. 'Doesn't that make you more vulnerable to the vagaries of government budgets?'
  2. 'Social Security was a safe harbor designed to protect people from the vagaries of the markets.'
  3. 'The problem is that security in old age depends increasingly on the vagaries of the stock market.'
  4. 'This can curb the vagaries in the market and rein in the prices of cement.'
  5. 'Instead, the romantics among us have been left feeling used and abused by the unforgiving vagaries of football.'
  6. 'Due to the vagaries of our climate, you are just as likely to be huddled under three rugs and dreaming of an umbrella as a slow drizzle begins to fall.'
  7. 'The front door would not shut properly, remaining stubbornly open to the world's vagaries.'
  8. 'He knows only too well the vagaries of head-to-head golf over the short sprint that is 18-holes.'
  9. 'I have been in particularly reflective and sombre mood recently, feeling vulnerable to the vagaries of city life.'
  10. 'And even then the tournament fell victim to the vagaries of the British weather when the final was rained off for three days.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"looks can be vagaries."

"airways can be vagaries."


(vagary)Late 16th century (also as a verb in the sense ‘roam’): from Latin vagari ‘wander’.