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[dih-strey; French dees-tre] /dɪˈstreɪ; French disˈtrɛ/
inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.
Origin of distrait
1740-50; < French < Latin distractus; see distract
Related forms
overdistrait, adjective Unabridged
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  • On the way the doctor was distrait, Gracie having most of the talking to do herself.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • As it happened, she only found him distrait, and that interested her.

  • Monmouth paced up and down with his hand to his forehead like one distrait.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He was said to be distrait; to be smoking his cigarettes furiously.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Monsieur is distrait, it appears," she said, mischievously.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He started down the first great incline, distrait, sorely troubled.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • When Cunningham saw that Jane was distrait 180 he made no attempt to pull her out of it.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • She did not like being spoken to outside the college, and was also distrait about her basket.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • He was continually drifting into reveries, abstracted, distrait.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • At breakfast he was distrait—so much so that his wife asked him what was the matter.

    The Denver Express A. A. Hayes
British Dictionary definitions for distrait


/dɪˈstreɪ; French distrɛ/
absent-minded; abstracted
Word Origin
C18: from French, from distraire to distract
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