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Origin of reminisce

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from reminiscence

Synonyms for reminisce

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Related Words for reminiscing

remind, remember, recall, review, mind, revive, recollect, retain, bethink, cite, retrospect

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Contemporary Examples of reminiscing

Historical Examples of reminiscing

  • They fell to reminiscing, and the conversation turned to Billy-Boy.

    Just Patty

    Jean Webster

  • On my own part, I was only reminiscing upon the travels of this old tea set.

  • A school friend, reminiscing about Humphrey, told of a walk several of them took one hot day.

    Historic Inventions

    Rupert S. Holland

  • They know some of the same people at home and spent an hour reminiscing after dinner.

    The Four Corners Abroad

    Amy Ella Blanchard

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

British Dictionary definitions for reminiscing


  1. (intr) to talk or write about old times, past experiences, etc
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Word Origin and History for reminiscing



1829, "to recollect," back-formation from reminiscence. Meaning "indulge in reminiscences" is from 1871. "Somewhat colloquial" [OED]. Related: Reminisced; reminiscing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper