verb (used without object), ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing.
verb (used with object), ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing.
Origin of ruminate
Examples from the Web for ruminative
The narrator, a Nigerian psychiatry student, is emotionally distant, ruminative, and intellectual.
"Do you know, it's rather a pity you don't like me," said Hal, with ruminative frankness.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams
Everything was in the massive style—even the men—very powerful men, slow, ruminative, silent men.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Mr. Stobell, whose habit was taciturn and ruminative, fixed his dull brown eyes on the ground and thought it over.Dialstone Lane, Complete|W.W. Jacobs
Word Origin for ruminate
1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.