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absorbed +‎ -ly


  • (US) IPA(key): /æbˈsɔɹb.ɪd.li/, /æbˈzɔɹb.ɪd.li/, /əbˈsɔɹb.ɪd.li/, /əbˈzɔɹb.ɪd.li/


absorbedly (comparative more absorbedly, superlative most absorbedly)

  1. In a manner as if wholly engrossed or engaged. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][1]
    • 1841, R. B. Peake, “The Bequeathed Heart” in The New Monthly Magazine Volume 62, 1841 part 2, p. 36,[1]
      Michael O’Shea continued absorbedly gazing on the picture, till the welcome smell of a tumbler of Mr. Hoolagan’s whisky suddenly restored him to comparative serenity.
    • 1917, Edna Ferber, Fanny Herself, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, Chapter , pp. 65-66,[2]
      Fanny, red-cheeked and bright-eyed from her recent mental struggles, listened interestedly, then intently, then absorbedly.
    • 1943, Mary Norton, The Magic Bed-Knob, New York: Hyperion, Chapter 8,[3]
      Carey could see her expression. It was the face of one who was deeply and absorbedly interested.
    • 2010, Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question, New York: Bloomsbury, Part One, Chapter Four, I, p. 86,[4]
      Treslove was no Finkler. He could not lose his heart to more than one woman at a time. He loved too absorbedly for that. But he always knew when he was about to be thrown over and was quick to make provision, where he could, to love absorbedly again.

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  1. ^ “absorbedly” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 9.