Definition of daydream in English:

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daydream

Pronunciation: /ˈdāˌdrēm/

noun

A series of pleasant thoughts that distract one’s attention from the present.
Example sentences
  • Em scanned the schoolyard with drooped eyelids in a pleasant daydream trying to find a liable distraction.
  • Reluctantly stirring from her very pleasant daydreams, Hope looked upwards and found Frank Metcalfe smiling down at her.
  • The booming of that door seemed to have woken me from a pleasant daydream, abruptly bringing cold reality back into sharp focus.
Synonyms
(a) reverie, a trance, (a) fantasy, a vision, fancy, (a) brown study;
inattentiveness, woolgathering, preoccupation, absorption, self-absorption, absentmindedness, abstraction
a dream, a pipe dream, a fantasy, a castle in the air, a fond hope;
wishful thinking
informal pie in the sky

verb

[no object]
Indulge in daydreams: stop daydreaming and pay attention
More example sentences
  • When he was 11, his teachers had to tell him to stop daydreaming about acting all the time and work harder at his studies.
  • It didn't stop her from daydreaming though, that she could be the girl to help him love again.
  • Even so, she had never stopped wistfully daydreaming about what could have been, of the life she could have lived on Lothos.
Synonyms
dream, muse, stare into space;
fantasize, build castles in the air

Derivatives

daydreamer

Pronunciation: /ˈdāˌdrēmər/
noun
Example sentences
  • You're quite a daydreamer and can be a hopeless romantic.
  • We've got very vivid imaginations, I think we're sort of daydreamers, the three of us.
  • However, we must not be daydreamers who choose to shun reality.
Synonyms
dreamer, fantasist, fantasizer, romantic, wishful thinker, idealist;
visionary, theorizer, utopian, Walter Mitty

daydreamy

adjective
Example sentences
  • What a whimsical, quixotic, and daydreamy idea!
  • I was having daydreamy type thoughts about leaving again today.
  • Wainwright touches on politics, daydreamy romantics and humour.

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Syllabification: day·dream

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