or ab·sent·mind·ed

[ ab-suhnt-mahyn-did ]
/ ˈæb səntˈmaɪn dɪd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. absence,
  2. absence makes the heart grow fonder,
  3. absence seizure,
  4. absent,
  5. absent without leave,
  6. absentation,
  7. absente reo,
  8. absentee,
  9. absentee ballot,
  10. absentee landlord

Origin of absent-minded

First recorded in 1850–55

SYNONYMS FOR absent-minded
ANTONYMS FOR absent-minded

Related formsab·sent-mind·ed·ly, adverbab·sent-mind·ed·ness, noun

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for absentmindedly



preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
Derived Formsabsent-mindedly, adverbabsent-mindedness, noun

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