absent-minded

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Etymology[edit]

absent +‎ minded

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.sn̩tˈmaɪn.dɪd/

Adjective[edit]

absent-minded (comparative more absent-minded, superlative most absent-minded)

  1. Absent in mind; abstracted; preoccupied; forgetful or careless due to distraction; easily distracted. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    It took the absent-minded man twenty minutes to find his glasses on top of his head.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9