[dih-strey; French dees-tre]


inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.

Origin of distrait

1740–50; < French < Latin distractus; see distract
Related formso·ver·dis·trait, adjective
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Related Words for distrait

abstracted, distracted, dreamy, inattentive, preoccupied

Examples from the Web for distrait

Historical Examples of distrait

  • On the way the doctor was distrait, Gracie having most of the talking to do herself.

  • As it happened, she only found him distrait, and that interested her.

  • Monmouth paced up and down with his hand to his forehead like one distrait.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He was said to be distrait; to be smoking his cigarettes furiously.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "Monsieur is distrait, it appears," she said, mischievously.

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for distrait



absent-minded; abstracted

Word Origin for distrait

C18: from French, from distraire to distract
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