Definition of pensive in English:

pensive

adjective

  • Engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.

    ‘a pensive mood’
    • ‘His dark eyes were pensive, almost thoughtful, and they were directly aimed at me.’
    • ‘She had a beautiful, quiet smile, that was enhanced by deep pensive brown eyes.’
    • ‘He was still a serious pensive boy but slightly older, he didn't run so much, nor did he stare around him.’
    • ‘With a pensive mood, he felt as if the moon was addressing him, and the stars enticing him to answer back.’
    • ‘Rich had become so absorbed in his pensive gazing that he failed to notice his brother enter the café.’
    • ‘I suppose you can all see that I have managed to ditch the pensive mood I was in when I made my previous post.’
    • ‘The eerie stillness of the music and voice reflects the pensive, self-critical nature of the lyric.’
    • ‘There was a plethora of images and faces, that one would recall ‘in vacant or in pensive mood’.’
    • ‘When you're in a pensive mood, as I have been today, the British weather can be a fine accompaniment.’
    • ‘His fingers oscillated between F# and D Major, as he looked outside from window in a pensive mood.’
    • ‘Our mood turns pensive as we find the rental shop and return our scooters.’
    • ‘He asked the question as if he were serious, his face pensive as if he were really trying to figure it out.’
    • ‘Nicole glanced over at Jake and saw his pensive mood written all over his face.’
    • ‘The film has a lush look, several scenes shot in late evening, the mood lightly pensive.’
    • ‘Julia is interrupted from her thoughts when a pensive looking Greg steps up behind her.’
    • ‘We managed to catch Matt in a rare pensive mood at one point in the evening.’
    • ‘It makes me think that she's just fairly introverted and is quite a thoughtful person, even pensive perhaps.’
    • ‘He smiled to himself, for he had once again caught his sister in a pensive mood.’
    • ‘The pensive mood is punctuated by the quiet string-pluck of an acoustic guitar at the end of the track.’
    • ‘When the shout startled her she had been in a pensive mood, gazing from the living room onto the darkening scene outside.’
    thoughtful, thinking, reflective, contemplative, musing, meditative, introspective, prayerful, philosophical, cogitative, ruminative, absorbed, engrossed, rapt, preoccupied, deep in thought, immersed in thought, lost in thought, in a brown study, broody, serious, studious, solemn, dreamy, dreaming
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French pensif, -ive, from penser ‘think’, from Latin pensare ‘ponder’, frequentative of pendere ‘weigh’.

Pronunciation

pensive

/ˈpɛnsɪv/