[ ab-suhnt-mahyn-did ]
/ ˈæb səntˈmaɪn dɪd /
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See synonyms for: absent-minded / absent mindedness / absent-mindedness / absentmindedness on Thesaurus.com
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR absent-minded
withdrawn, musing, daydreaming, dreamy, forgetful, distracted.
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Origin of absent-minded
First recorded in 1850–55
synonym study for absent-minded
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM absent-mindedab·sent-mind·ed·ly, adverbab·sent-mind·ed·ness, noun
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How to use absent-minded in a sentence
She stares absentmindedly at her computer, her lips parted and hand resting between her legs.‘A Girl and Her Room’ Exhibit: Photos by Rania Matar|Lizzie Crocker|May 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He comforted her, absentmindedly, and dressed in the dark, swearing at the clumsy leggings.The Valor of Cappen Varra|Poul William Anderson
Each shook his head and looked around, their fingers toying absentmindedly at their belts.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up|Clarence Edward Mulford
As they talked they absentmindedly practised the art of withholding money from customers, a source of income to them.Marching Men|Sherwood Anderson
Lingard on his own side stopped in his walk and also gazed absentmindedly before him.The Rescue|Joseph Conrad
With a grave face, as she absentmindedly tossed and spread the glorious mass of her glittering hair, Harriet sat on, pondering.Harriet and the Piper|Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for absent-minded
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
Derived forms of absent-mindedabsent-mindedly, adverbabsent-mindedness, noun
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