A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh nt-lee]
    • /ˈæb sənt li/
    • /ˈæb.sənt.li/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh nt-lee]
    • /ˈæb sənt li/

Definitions of absently word

  • adverb absently in an absent-minded or preoccupied manner; inattentively 3
  • adverb absently in an absent or preoccupied manner; inattentively 3
  • adverb absently in an absent-minded manner; inattentively. 1
  • noun absently In an absent-minded or abstracted manner. (First attested in the mid 19th century.). 1

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Origin of absently

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
First recorded in 1870-75; absent + -ly

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Parts of speech for Absently


absently popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 74% 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.

absently usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absently

adverb absently

  • inattentively — not attentive; negligent.
  • vaguely — not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
  • dreamily — of the nature of or characteristic of dreams; visionary.
  • distractedly — having the attention diverted: She tossed several rocks to the far left and slipped past the distracted sentry.
  • abstractedly — lost in thought; deeply engrossed or preoccupied.

Antonyms for absently

adverb absently

  • attentively — while giving attention; observantly: Please listen attentively.

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