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[dey-dreem] /ˈdeɪˌdrim/
a reverie indulged in while awake.
verb (used without object)
to indulge in such a reverie.
Origin of daydream
1675-85; day + dream
Related forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
2. fantasize, dream, muse, woolgather. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for daydream
  • You're not getting paid to daydream or to be distracted by pretty birds.
  • They are not alone here, to be fair, but these two are another daydream come true.
  • The professor's words jerked me right out of my daydream.
  • The effect, throughout the novel, is that of something between a summer daydream and a nightmare.
  • It was a daytime television daydream, to be precise.
  • Pick a comfy spot to sit and read, daydream, or even take a snooze.
  • Anglers during this time of year daydream about catching fish on warm spring days.
  • Some children may daydream or have trouble concentrating on their schoolwork.
  • Take a few deep breaths, daydream for a few moments, or take a few days away from the situation if you can.
  • Avoid the temptation to daydream or otherwise become distracted.
British Dictionary definitions for daydream


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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