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daydream

[dey-dreem] /ˈdeɪˌdrim/
noun
1.
a reverie indulged in while awake.
verb (used without object)
2.
to indulge in such a reverie.
Origin of daydream
1675-1685
1675-85; day + dream
Related forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
Synonyms
2. fantasize, dream, muse, woolgather.
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  • At the beginning of the address, Gussie had subsided into a sort of daydream, with his mouth hanging open.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • At last I had him dead right: broadside to me and motionless as if in a daydream.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • Steve went into a daydream with one leg in his trousers until, presently, Tom laughed softly.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The normal time for a daydream is the time when there is no real act to be performed.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • When she shook the last drops of the daydream from her, she found herself confronting the boat's only other passenger—himself.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for daydream

daydream

/ˈdeɪˌdriːm/
noun
1.
a pleasant dreamlike fantasy indulged in while awake; idle reverie
2.
a pleasant scheme or wish that is unlikely to be fulfilled; pipe dream
verb
3.
(intransitive) to have daydreams; indulge in idle fantasy
Derived Forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for daydream
n.

1680s, from day + dream (n.). As a verb, attested from 1820. Related: Daydreamer; daydreaming.

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