One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative Distracted or absent-minded.‘he seemed oddly distrait’
distracted, preoccupied, absorbed, engrossed, abstracted, distant, farawayView synonyms
- ‘Although her journey into madness is somewhat short-circuited, Rachel Pickup is also a frighteningly distrait Ophelia.’
- ‘She towers over most human beings (myself included) and there's a distrait quality about her eyes.’
- ‘But, as someone about to construct a bomb might appear distrait anyway, the judgment was difficult.’
- ‘His manner was, I thought, a shade distrait, a little other worldly.’
- ‘Perhaps, patients about to undergo operations at the hands of distrait surgeons could be allowed to get their tattoos done on the NHS.’
- ‘He has always seemed somewhat distrait, but now he has the lost air of a man who has fallen from the heavens into an unknown world.’
- ‘Set in Paris in 1928, Hastings's play focuses on Joyce's distrait daughter, Lucia.’
Mid 18th century: French, from Old French destrait, past participle of destraire ‘distract’, from Latin distrahere ‘pull apart’ (see distract).
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