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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
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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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 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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