verb (used with object)
Origin of distract
Examples from the Web for distractingly
Beneath the floor the oft-repeated gnawing of a mouse or rat went on, distractingly.The Peace of Roaring River|George van Schaick
It was not, and in a minute more it rolled in, distractingly long and overflowing with eager passengers.
The moan that came from the headless trunk striking the soft place was distractingly human.A Nest of Linnets|Frank Frankfort Moore
She powdered her nose and looked penitent and distractingly pretty.Affinities and Other Stories|Mary Roberts Rinehard
Rosalie reappeared at that moment in her distractingly pretty pongee motor-coat and hat.The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for distractingly
Word Origin for distract
Word Origin and History for distractingly
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.