forgetful

[ fer-get-fuhl ]
/ fərˈgɛt fəl /

adjective

apt to forget; that forgets: a forgetful person.
heedless or neglectful (often followed by of): to be forgetful of others.
bringing on oblivion: forgetful slumber.

Nearby words

  1. forgery,
  2. forget,
  3. forget it,
  4. forget oneself,
  5. forget-me-not,
  6. forgetive,
  7. forgettable,
  8. forgettery,
  9. forging,
  10. forgivable

Origin of forgetful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at forget, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for forgetful

forgetful

/ (fəˈɡɛtfʊl) /

adjective

tending to forget
(often postpositive foll by of) inattentive (to) or neglectful (of)
poetic causing loss of memory
Derived Formsforgetfully, adverbforgetfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for forgetful

forgetful

adj.

late 14c., from forget + -ful. Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness.

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