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What does nebulous mean?

Blog | By Harry Mount | Dec 15, 2018


For all the chaos of Brexit, it has at least made a lovely word more prominent.

Theresa May has accused Jean-Claude Juncker of calling her nebulous. Whether he did or didn't, what does it mean? It literally means misty or foggy, from the Latin nebula, -ae, feminine, meaning 'mist' or 'fog'. The Latin adjective is nebulosus, meaning 'misty' or 'foggy'. In its English form, it came to mean unclear - the sense that Jean-Claude Juncker was allegedly using of Theresa May.