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[fer-get-fuh l] /fərˈgɛt fəl/
apt to forget; that forgets:
a forgetful person.
heedless or neglectful (often followed by of):
to be forgetful of others.
bringing on oblivion:
forgetful slumber.
Origin of forgetful
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at forget, -ful
Related forms
forgetfully, adverb
forgetfulness, noun
quasi-forgetful, adjective
quasi-forgetfully, adverb
unforgetful, adjective
unforgetfully, adverb
unforgetfulness, noun
1. absent-minded, inattentive, unmindful. Unabridged
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  • They rose, and walked together, forgetful of the eagerly observant group.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • Adolphine was heedless and forgetful to a tantalizing degree.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Then all of a sudden he fell into a deep sleep, and forgetful of his dangerous position, he slumbered sweetly.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • No fear, I won't trust you, you careless, forgetful old dog.

  • Carlyle, like the ancient prophet, was too conscious of his own mission, and too forgetful of that of others.

  • And alike was he forgetful of the man who stood beside himself.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • Michael, forgetful of himself and of the whole world, stood on the rock with folded arms.

  • She looked full at him now, forgetful of herself in concern for him.

British Dictionary definitions for forgetful


tending to forget
(often postpositive) foll by of. inattentive (to) or neglectful (of)
(poetic) causing loss of memory
Derived Forms
forgetfully, adverb
forgetfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forgetful

late 14c., from forget + -ful. Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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