Definition of pensive in English:

pensive

adjective

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

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