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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [adjective, preposition ab-suh nt mahyn-did]
    • /adjective, preposition ˈæb sənt ˈmaɪn dɪd/
    • /ˈæbsənt maɪnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [adjective, preposition ab-suh nt mahyn-did]
    • /adjective, preposition ˈæb sənt ˈmaɪn dɪd/

Definitions of absent-minded word

  • adjective absent-minded Someone who is absent-minded forgets things or does not pay attention to what they are doing, often because they are thinking about something else. 3
  • adjective absent-minded preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive 3
  • adjective absent-minded so dreamy or lost in thought as not to pay attention to what one is doing or what is going on around one 3
  • adjective absent-minded habitually forgetful 3
  • adjective absent-minded so lost in thought that one does not realize what one is doing, what is happening, etc.; preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one's immediate surroundings. 1
  • adjective absent-minded Absent in mind; abstracted; preoccupied; forgetful or careless due to distraction; easily distracted. 0

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Origin of absent-minded

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
First recorded in 1850-55

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Parts of speech for Absent-minded


absent-minded popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 7% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for absent-minded

adj absent-minded

  • absent — If someone or something is absent from a place or situation where they should be or where they usually are, they are not there.
  • absorbed — If you are absorbed in something or someone, you are very interested in them and they take up all your attention and energy.
  • abstracted — Someone who is abstracted is thinking so deeply that they are not fully aware of what is happening around them.
  • careless — If you are careless, you do not pay enough attention to what you are doing, and so you make mistakes, or cause harm or damage.
  • distracted — Obsolete. distracted.

Antonyms for absent-minded

adj absent-minded

  • alert — If you are alert, you are paying full attention to things around you and are able to deal with anything that might happen.
  • aware — If you are aware of something, you know about it.
  • attentive — If you are attentive, you are paying close attention to what is being said or done.

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