[dih-streyt; French dees-tret]


(of a woman) inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.

Origin of distraite

1840–50; < French, feminine of distrait distrait
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Examples from the Web for distraite

Historical Examples of distraite

  • At length the door opens and she appears, looking pale and distraite.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • I had only seen Lilla at meals, to find her shy and distraite.

    The Golden Magnet

    George Manville Fenn

  • Grace was lying on the sofa, languid and distraite, when he was announced.

  • Sally was distraite, and wasn't paying proper attention to the music.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • She was distraite, indifferent to what was going on round her.

    Moth and Rust

    Mary Cholmondeley