Definition of absentminded in US English:



  • (of a person or a person's behavior or manner) having or showing a habitually forgetful or inattentive disposition.

    ‘an absentminded smile’
    • ‘He was a bit absent-minded and he used to leave his door open now and again.’
    • ‘Tal sighed: no one would ever let him forget how absent-minded he could be.’
    • ‘Finally the ash falls on his white cotton slacks and he sweeps it with his hand in an absent-minded manner.’
    • ‘Three prisoners had to be treated for smoke inhalation after an absent-minded prison van driver left the handbrake on while he was taking them to court yesterday.’
    • ‘Even though the card would probably not help catch a single villain, it would criminalise many thousands of absent-minded, forgetful and inefficient people.’
    • ‘A droll, unassuming man with a handsome gray beard, Baker has the manner of an avuncular, absent-minded professor who has left something behind on the way to class.’
    • ‘The conversation at dinner tonight might have shed some light on why I am so absent-minded.’
    • ‘About £2 million worth of winning tickets have gone unclaimed by absent-minded Essex players.’
    • ‘The latter-day St. George yearns to rescue the daughter of an absent-minded aristocrat who lives in a castle but who fancies himself a gardener.’
    • ‘His replying nod seemed almost absent-minded.’
    • ‘And it was cut up so badly that even my aunt, absent-minded as she sometimes is, couldn't have put it in the washer or hung it on the line without noticing that it was damaged.’
    • ‘Yet handling a lovable, though absent-minded, husband and the children could not have been easy.’
    • ‘It was one of the old-fashioned services which helped absent-minded customers avoid the risk of driving without insurance.’
    • ‘By the end of the day, I had almost completely forgotten the topic, which proved how absent-minded I was.’
    • ‘An absent-minded businessman who left a bag containing £10,000 on the roof of his car yesterday offered a £1,000 reward for its return.’
    • ‘Because I tend to be a bit absent-minded at times and as well as forgetting where I put my keys or took off my glasses, I also forget where I save things to.’
    • ‘This is no absent-minded professor, lost in the world of abstraction.’
    • ‘Right now I'm reading Good Night, Gorilla, a gripping tale about the adventures of an absent-minded zookeeper.’
    • ‘Dennis, a former welder at York's carriage works, has found six handbags in his seven years of taxi driving not to mention numerous expensive cameras, all of which have been returned to their absent-minded owners.’
    • ‘I didn't want to tell George about her death, but mentioned that she had been very ill; he took the news in an absent-minded way, hardly registering what I said.’
    forgetful, distracted, preoccupied, inattentive, vague, absorbed, abstracted, unheeding, oblivious, distrait, in a brown study, wool-gathering
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