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.
The boy genius Geithner turned into an absent-minded professor when he filled in his tax returns.
Obama’s Strange Obsession Tina Brown February 8, 2009
A rush of water spills from above, but not from the bottle of an absent-minded commuter or tipsy traveler.
Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway Kevin Zawacki August 7, 2014
“absent-minded—the citizen,” muttered Barlasch, returning to the kitchen, where he resumed his seat on a chair by the open door.
Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
“Of course,” repeated the great man, with a sort of absent-minded loftiness.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
My mother looked down, presently, at him, and checked the absent-minded passes of her hand over Lucy’s hair.
When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
His face was downcast and he put the dishes on the table in an absent-minded way.
The Widow O’Callaghan’s Boys Gulielma Zollinger
Thinking of him I almost talk like him in his absent-minded moments.
Sonnie-Boy’s People James B. Connolly
It shows how absent-minded I am, for I ought to have thought of the wine long ago.
One Day’s Courtship Robert Barr
To be sure—excuse me—I am absent-minded; I do take it—that is to say, yes, I accept these lovely roses.
The Flower Girl of The Chteau d’Eau, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XV) Charles Paul de Kock
She seemed to be thinking of something else and her answers were brief and absent-minded.
Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive
- Absent without leave
. Historical Examples The one is under arrest for drunkenness, and the other has been “absent without leave.” Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne “She has no business to be absent without leave,” said Sabina. A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr The Sergeant came back, looking woe-begone, and Lawrence was published on […]
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. Contemporary Examples He had his right hand to his face and was absent-mindedly rubbing the scar on his left cheekbone. Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse W.C. […]
not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to ): absent from class. lacking; nonexistent: Revenge is absent from his mind. not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded: an absent look on his face. to take or keep (oneself) away: to absent oneself from a meeting. in the of; without: Absent some catastrophe, stock-market […]
- Absente reo
in the absence of the defendant. Abbreviation: abs. re. uknown (law) in the absence of the defendant