- to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
- to meditate or muse; ponder.
- to chew again or over and over.
- to meditate on; ponder.
Origin of ruminate
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Examples from the Web for ruminative
The narrator, a Nigerian psychiatry student, is emotionally distant, ruminative, and intellectual.The Best Debut of 2011
February 7, 2011
Thorpe had concluded his philosophical remarks with ruminative slowness.The Market-Place
Yet it was not exactly a stare; it was too thoughtful, too ruminative, too unconscious for that.Tristram of Blent
She gazed steadily at the glowing coals, ruminative, reflective.Antony Gray,--Gardener
He paused for a while, then went on with ruminative authority.Ripeness is All
Hers had been a ruminative existence, for its uncertainty but rarely disturbed her.The Benefactress
- (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
- (when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Word Origin and History for ruminative
1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.