The narrator, a Nigerian psychiatry student, is emotionally distant, ruminative, and intellectual.
Mr. Stobell, whose habit was taciturn and ruminative, fixed his dull brown eyes on the ground and thought it over.
She gazed steadily at the glowing coals, ruminative, reflective.
Her voice became half-absent-minded, ruminative, as though she were thinking aloud.
Yet it was not exactly a stare; it was too thoughtful, too ruminative, too unconscious for that.
You and Dick sit hunched on a log, blissfully happy in the moments of digestion, ruminative, watching the blaze.
He paused for a while, then went on with ruminative authority.
She glanced at his round, innocuous face, with the downy mustache and ruminative eyes, and smiled irrepressibly.
Hers had been a ruminative existence, for its uncertainty but rarely disturbed her.
The hero is now seen seated in a Morris chair in Washington, touching his finger-tips together in a ruminative manner.
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.