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[dih-strey; French dees-tre] /dɪˈstreɪ; French disˈtrɛ/
inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.
Origin of distrait
1740-50; < French < Latin distractus; see distract
Related forms
overdistrait, adjective Unabridged
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  • Irene was grave and distrait this morning, with a chilly reserve about her that did not court lover-like advances.

  • When Cunningham saw that Jane was distrait 180 he made no attempt to pull her out of it.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • Chatterton at once became moody and distrait when his tête-à-tête with Bryda was at an end.

    Bristol Bells Emma Marshall
  • She did not like being spoken to outside the college, and was also distrait about her basket.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • He started down the first great incline, distrait, sorely troubled.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • As it happened, she only found him distrait, and that interested her.

  • She rose a moment later, and stood, distrait, looking out across the sunlit world.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • He was said to be distrait; to be smoking his cigarettes furiously.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • My friend seemed to me distrait and heavy-hearted; his wife seemed to be pathetically affectionate and anxious.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • At dinner he had been distrait; nor even his poise could quite disguise it.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
British Dictionary definitions for distrait


/dɪˈstreɪ; French distrɛ/
absent-minded; abstracted
Word Origin
C18: from French, from distraire to distract
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