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daydream

[dey-dreem]
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noun
  1. a reverie indulged in while awake.
verb (used without object)
  1. to indulge in such a reverie.

Origin of daydream

First recorded in 1675–85; day + dream
Related formsday·dream·er, nounday·dream·y, adjective

Synonyms

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2. fantasize, dream, muse, woolgather.
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  • To console myself I read and re-read your letters and daydream about the future.

    Polly the Pagan

    Isabel Anderson

  • At last I had him dead right: broadside to me and motionless as if in a daydream.

  • The normal time for a daydream is the time when there is no real act to be performed.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • These also are play of imagination, even freer from control and criticism than the daydream.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • Ellie's eyes show that she is not arguing, but in a daydream.

    Heartbreak House

    George Bernard Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for daydream

daydream

noun
  1. a pleasant dreamlike fantasy indulged in while awake; idle reverie
  2. a pleasant scheme or wish that is unlikely to be fulfilled; pipe dream
verb
  1. (intr) to have daydreams; indulge in idle fantasy
Derived Formsdaydreamer, noundaydreamy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for daydream

n.

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

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