Definition of vagary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvāɡərē/

noun (plural vagaries)

(usually vagaries)
An unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone’s behavior: the vagaries of the weather
More example sentences
  • We have always felt somewhat vulnerable to the vagaries of political change.
  • The problem is that security in old age depends increasingly on the vagaries of the stock market.
  • And even then the tournament fell victim to the vagaries of the British weather when the final was rained off for three days.
change, fluctuation, variation, quirk, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity, unpredictability, caprice, foible, whim, whimsy, fancy


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

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Syllabification: va·gar·y

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