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[fer-get-fuh l] /fərˈgɛt fəl/
apt to forget; that forgets:
a forgetful person.
heedless or neglectful (often followed by of):
to be forgetful of others.
bringing on oblivion:
forgetful slumber.
Origin of forgetful
1350-1400; Middle English; see forget, -ful
Related forms
forgetfully, adverb
forgetfulness, noun
quasi-forgetful, adjective
quasi-forgetfully, adverb
unforgetful, adjective
unforgetfully, adverb
unforgetfulness, noun
1. absent-minded, inattentive, unmindful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forgetful
  • According to a new study, the simple act of walking through a doorway makes people more forgetful.
  • And unlike us, they need not get forgetful as they grow older.
  • She tends to get a little wrapped up in other things and becomes forgetful of her studies.
  • No balance problems, no reading problems, great for forgetful me when moving from driving to teaching to library and back.
  • forgetful travelers leave behind variety of belongings.
  • Here's a look at some other movies that feature forgetful characters.
  • Surely there's far worse things going on in the debates than him being a bit forgetful under pressure.
  • He and his colleagues are currently testing their candidates on forgetful middle-aged mice.
  • Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
  • He had become extremely absent and forgetful and he was aware of it.
British Dictionary definitions for forgetful


tending to forget
(often postpositive) foll by of. inattentive (to) or neglectful (of)
(poetic) causing loss of memory
Derived Forms
forgetfully, adverb
forgetfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forgetful

late 14c., from forget + -ful. Related: Forgetfully; forgetfulness.

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