[ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd]

Origin of absorbed

First recorded in 1755–65; absorb + -ed2
Related formsab·sorb·ed·ly [ab-sawr-bid-lee, -zawr-] /æbˈsɔr bɪd li, -ˈzɔr-/, adverbab·sorb·ed·ness, nounun·ab·sorbed, adjectivewell-ab·sorbed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for absorbedly

Historical Examples of absorbedly

  • And absorbedly Barry Elder listened, his eyes on her changing face.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • "Then your parents had the splotches fade, so you never had them," he said absorbedly.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • By midnight, ship-time, she'd learned the game and played it absorbedly.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • He had laid open his mole-run for a yard or so, and was still grubbing at it absorbedly.

    Dream Days

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Juliet studied them absorbedly, showing plainly her appreciation of them.

British Dictionary definitions for absorbedly


  1. engrossed; deeply interested
Derived Formsabsorbedly (əbˈsɔːbɪdlɪ, -ˈzɔː-), adverb
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