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absent-minded

[ab-suh nt-mahyn-did] /ˈæb səntˈmaɪn dɪd/
adjective
1.
so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one's immediate surroundings.
Also, absentminded.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
Related forms
absent-mindedly, adverb
absent-mindedness, noun
Synonyms
withdrawn, musing, daydreaming, dreamy, forgetful, distracted. Absent-minded, abstracted, oblivious all mean inattentive to immediate surroundings. Absent-minded suggests an unintentional wandering of the mind from the present: an absent-minded committee member. Abstracted implies that the mind has been drawn away from the immediate present by reflection upon some engrossing subject: an abstracted air. Oblivious implies absorption in some thought that causes one to be completely forgetful of or unaware of one's surroundings: oblivious of danger.
Antonyms
attentive, alert, heedful, observant.
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Examples for absentminded
  • The halls of academe have long been a forgiving environment for absentminded professors.
  • He was exactly the way he is now- shabby, shambling, absentminded.
  • She seemed smooth-faced, with a certain absentminded perfection.
  • Daydreaming may seem absentminded and pointless, but it actually demands a lot of the brain's processing power.
  • When you are middle-aged and forget, you are absentminded.
  • The absentminded professor, the ivory tower reflect anti-intellectualism.
  • Lord shortcake absentminded peer obsessed by his enormous collection of goldfish.
British Dictionary definitions for absentminded

absent-minded

adjective
1.
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
Derived Forms
absent-mindedly, adverb
absent-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for absentminded
adj.

also absent-minded, "preoccupied," 1810, from absent + minded. Related: Absentmindedly; absentmindedness.

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