absent-minded or ab·sent·mind·ed SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one's immediate surroundings. Origin of absent-minded
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1850–55 Related forms ab·sent-mind·ed·ly, adverb ab·sent-mind·ed·ness, noun Synonyms for absent-minded Synonym study Absent-minded, abstracted, oblivious all mean inattentive to immediate surroundings. Absent-minded suggests an unintentional wandering of the mind from the present: an absent-minded committee member. Abstracted implies that the mind has been drawn away from the immediate present by reflection upon some engrossing subject: an abstracted air. Oblivious implies absorption in some thought that causes one to be completely forgetful of or unaware of one's surroundings: oblivious of danger. Antonyms for absent-minded
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Examples from the Web for absentminded Historical Examples of absentminded
He was, therefore,
absentminded, to a degree that made no end of gossip.
absentminded beggar's concluding testimonial conclude?
But how will you bear an
absentminded man who, if he happens to see you, will kill you?
This too he seemed to give profound yet (if such a thing may be)
It was with an
absentminded nod that he acquiesced in the man's announcement that he might arrange about the boat for him. British Dictionary definitions for absentminded adjective preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive Derived Forms absent-mindedly, adverb absent-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for absentminded adj.
absent-minded, "preoccupied," 1810, from absent + minded. Related: Absentmindedly; absentmindedness.
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