[ dey-dreem ]
/ ˈdeɪˌdrim /


a reverie indulged in while awake.

verb (used without object)

to indulge in such a reverie.

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

Examples from the Web for daydreamer

  • No daydreamer likes being pulled out of his dream by so ugly a reality as Pete, and Johnny was petulant.

    Skyrider|B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for daydreamer


/ (ˈdeɪˌdriːm) /


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 daydreamer



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper