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woolgathering

[woo l-gath-er-ing] /ˈwʊlˌgæð ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness:
His woolgathering was a handicap in school.
2.
gathering of the tufts of wool shed by sheep and caught on bushes.
Origin of woolgathering
1545-1555
1545-55; wool + gathering

woolgather

[woo l-gath-er] /ˈwʊlˌgæð ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to engage in woolgathering.
Origin
1840-50; by back formation from woolgathering
Related forms
woolgatherer, noun
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  • "Played like a feller whose thoughts were wool gathering," he complained to his wife.

    Kilmeny of the Orchard Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I must be wool gathering not to have thought of that myself.

  • It was within these chill sweating walls that Philip Esdaile had done the "wool gathering" he had spoken of.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for wool gathering

woolgathering

/ˈwʊlˌɡæðərɪŋ/
noun
1.
idle or absent-minded indulgence in fantasy; daydreaming
Derived Forms
woolgatherer, noun
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Word Origin and History for wool gathering

woolgathering

n.

1550s, "indulging in wandering fancies and purposeless thinking," from the literal meaning "gathering fragments of wool torn from sheep by bushes, etc." (see wool + gather).

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