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[dey-dreem] /ˈdeɪˌdrim/
a reverie indulged in while awake.
verb (used without object)
to indulge in such a reverie.
Origin of daydream
First recorded in 1675-85; day + dream
Related forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
2. fantasize, dream, muse, woolgather. Unabridged
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  • At the beginning of the address, Gussie had subsided into a sort of daydream, with his mouth hanging open.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • At last I had him dead right: broadside to me and motionless as if in a daydream.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • Steve went into a daydream with one leg in his trousers until, presently, Tom laughed softly.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The normal time for a daydream is the time when there is no real act to be performed.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • When she shook the last drops of the daydream from her, she found herself confronting the boat's only other passenger—himself.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for daydream


a pleasant dreamlike fantasy indulged in while awake; idle reverie
a pleasant scheme or wish that is unlikely to be fulfilled; pipe dream
(intransitive) to have daydreams; indulge in idle fantasy
Derived Forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for daydream

1680s, from day + dream (n.). As a verb, attested from 1820. Related: Daydreamer; daydreaming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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