woolgathering

[ woo l-gath-er-ing ]
/ ˈwʊlˌgæð ər ɪŋ /

noun

indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school.
gathering of the tufts of wool shed by sheep and caught on bushes.

Origin of woolgathering

First recorded in 1545–55; wool + gathering

Definition for woolgathering (2 of 2)

woolgather

[ woo l-gath-er ]
/ ˈwʊlˌgæð ər /

verb (used without object)

to engage in woolgathering.

Origin of woolgather

First recorded in 1840–50; by back formation from woolgathering

Related forms

wool·gath·er·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for woolgathering

woolgathering

/ (ˈwʊlˌɡæðərɪŋ) /

noun

idle or absent-minded indulgence in fantasy; daydreaming

Derived Forms

woolgatherer, noun
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