- dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood.
- expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.
Origin of pensive
Examples from the Web for pensive
One of us cautious and pensive, one of us quick and outspoken.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
Hemingway is shown on p. 89, pensive with rifle at a pheasant shoot in Idaho.Defining American Cool From Walt Whitman to Tina Fey and Johnny Depp
March 25, 2014
Venus was the quiet one: pensive and observant of everything around her.Understanding Serena Williams’s Steubenville Comments
June 20, 2013
Another image features the First Lady in a pensive pose, wearing a black Michael Kors sweater and ball skirt.Michelle Obama's Second Vogue Cover Released
Misty White Sidell
March 14, 2013
It is, alternately, a provocative and pensive soap opera that puts the gothic in Southern Gothic.Inside 'True Blood'’s Fourth Season
June 17, 2011
Do you see how pensive she is, with her cheek resting on her hand?In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
The pale beauty of her pensive face won her friends wherever she went.
Nothing could be firmer than the tone of this letter, in spite of its pensive gentleness.
Florence was pensive, and an air of painful depression hung about her.
When Macquart was on his rounds, she passed her time in lazy, pensive idleness.The Fortune of the Rougons
- deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
- expressing or suggesting pensiveness
Word Origin and History for pensive
late 14c., from Old French pensif "thoughtful, distracted, musing" (11c.), from penser "to think," from Latin pensare "weigh, consider," frequentative of pendere "weigh" (see pendant). Related: Pensively; pensiveness.