a reverie indulged in while awake.

verb (used without object)

to indulge in such a reverie.

Nearby words

  1. daycare,
  2. daycare centre,
  3. daycation,
  4. daycentre,
  5. daych,
  6. daye, stephen,
  7. dayflower,
  8. dayfly,
  9. daygirl,
  10. dayglow

Origin of daydream

First recorded in 1675–85; day + dream

Related formsday·dream·er, nounday·dream·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for daydream



a pleasant dreamlike fantasy indulged in while awake; idle reverie
a pleasant scheme or wish that is unlikely to be fulfilled; pipe dream


(intr) to have daydreams; indulge in idle fantasy
Derived Formsdaydreamer, noundaydreamy, adjective

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Word Origin and History for daydream



1680s, from day + dream (n.). As a verb, attested from 1820. Related: Daydreamer; daydreaming.

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