View synonyms for reminiscing


[ rem-uh-nis-ing ]


  1. the act of recalling past experiences or events, especially with pleasure or nostalgia:

    The benefits of reminiscing are widely recognized as having a positive effect on the emotional well-being of elderly people.


  1. engaged in or expressing such recollection:

    The reminiscing narrator sprinkles the narrative with self-conscious comments like "I remember" or "Funny, the things you remember."

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reminiscing1

First recorded in 1865–70; reminisc(e) ( def ) + -ing 1 for the noun; reminisc(e) ( def ) + -ing 2 for the adjective
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Example Sentences

In it, the members of Eva’s band — Chris, drummer Raice McLeod, pianist Lenny Williams and guitarist Keith Grimes — watch a recording of the Blues Alley gig and reminisce.

Every morning, as Nandita Mohan sifts through her emails, her college pals are in her ear—recounting their day, reminiscing, reflecting on what it’s like to have graduated in the throes of a pandemic.

We drank champagne and ate barbecue sandwiches and grinned from ear to ear as we reminisced with our friends about how we’d met, started dating and fell in love.

We welcome the incoming year’s positive energy, reminisce on all that the past one brought, and embrace our biggest dreams with the faith that they’ll come to pass.

Spencer laughs as she reminisces, even six years later, that she knew even in their first year of dating that Emily was destined to do something big.

We always spend at least a few moments during Thanksgiving reminiscing about him.

Don spends an afternoon with Joan, test-driving a Jaguar and drinking together in a bar, reminiscing about the past.

Reminiscing on life in his hometown, Hemon writes, “physically and metaphysically, I was placed.”

Or reminiscing about events he could not possibly have witnessed.

The film opens with Pi (Irrfan Khan), a grown man, reminiscing to a novelist (Rafe Spall) about his childhood.

For a long time afterwards she sat dreaming, reminiscing in sweet fancy every word and smile Theodore had given her.

At first I brought my knitting along to pick up at odd moments, such as the times when he gets to reminiscing.

He sat swinging and talking, reminiscing about "the growing up of young Adam," as he put it.

Good gracious, Eleanor, the Glee Club are waiting for the signal to go on while we stand here reminiscing!

But thinking, dreaming, reminiscing would not bring it all back for there was only one answer to still the longing: work.