- in an absent-minded manner; inattentively.
Origin of absently
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Examples from the Web for absently
Oh,” said Kenney absently, “I was wondering what happened to that.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
"No, we 'ain't been so fur's the post-office," answered Mirandy, absently.Meadow Grass
"I suppose so," Russell said, absently; then he leaned forward.
"I suppose we'd better go down to lunch," Mrs. Adams said, absently.
He was sitting at the table when I entered, and looked at me absently.The First Violin
One look about and he passed his hand over his forehead, absently.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
- in an absent-minded or preoccupied manner; inattentively
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