1. having the attention diverted: She tossed several rocks to the far left and slipped past the distracted sentry.
  2. rendered incapable of behaving, reacting, etc., in a normal manner, as by worry, remorse, or the like; irrational; disturbed.

Origin of distracted

First recorded in 1580–90; distract + -ed2
Related formsdis·tract·ed·ly, adverbdis·tract·ed·ness, nounnon·dis·tract·ed, adjectivenon·dis·tract·ed·ly, adverbun·dis·tract·ed, adjectiveun·dis·tract·ed·ly, adverbun·dis·tract·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for distractedness


  1. bewildered; confused
  2. mad
Derived Formsdistractedly, adverbdistractedness, noun
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