Definition of pensive in US English:

pensive

adjective

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

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

/ˈpensiv//ˈpɛnsɪv/