Definition of absent-minded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌabs(ə)ntˈmʌɪndɪd/


Having or showing a forgetful or inattentive disposition: an absent-minded smile
More example sentences
  • Even though the card would probably not help catch a single villain, it would criminalise many thousands of absent-minded, forgetful and inefficient people.
  • Tal sighed: no one would ever let him forget how absent-minded he could be.
  • Yet handling a lovable, though absent-minded, husband and the children could not have been easy.
forgetful, distracted, preoccupied, inattentive, vague, absorbed, abstracted, unheeding, oblivious, distrait, in a brown study, wool-gathering;
lost in thought, pensive, thoughtful, brooding
informal scatterbrained, miles away, with a mind/memory like a sieve



Pronunciation: /absəntˈmʌɪndɪdli/
Example sentences
  • Not really thinking clearly, I absent-mindedly skimmed the bookshelf with my eyes, not looking at or for anything.
  • You nod absent-mindedly, hoping she will go pester someone else so you can sample the hors d' oeuvres in peace.
  • I absent-mindedly put my precious skis down by my car.


Pronunciation: /absəntˈmʌɪndɪdnəs/
Example sentences
  • It's frustrating for the audience, too, because his absent-mindedness prevents this seminar on the pharaohs making any progress.
  • Before you start to panic, there is a crucial difference between dementia and general absent-mindedness.
  • In a fit of absent-mindedness, they had signed contracts that ran until 2004.
forgetfulness, amnesia, poor memory, tendency to forget, lapse of memory;
distractedness, preoccupation, inattentiveness, inattention, vagueness, abstraction, absence, absorption, engrossment, heedlessness, obliviousness;
pensiveness, thoughtfulness, musing, brooding
humorous blonde moment

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