Definition of vagary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈveɪɡ(ə)ri/

noun (plural vagaries)

(usually vagaries)
An unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone’s behaviour: 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.


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

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