What does it mean to walk vaguely in the following sentence?

As she walked vaguely up the steps of the building, she shifted the small pot of flowers from hand to hand; then she set it down and remove her mittens before she could open the door.

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    What is the source? In a literary sense more context may be needed. Also, did you find any definitions that might fit the scenario?
    – user3169
    Dec 13, 2017 at 19:56

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I have never heard of anyone walking vaguely. It sounds as if an inexperienced writer has been casting about for an unnecessary adverb. Uncertainly would be better, but nothing would be best of all.

"Show, don't tell."

  • Not purposefully or determinedly, but with vague intent.
    – James K
    Nov 27, 2022 at 8:11

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