Absently



in an absent-minded manner; inattentively.
Contemporary Examples

Oh,” said Kenney absently, “I was wondering what happened to that.
Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon Robert Sam Anson February 28, 2014

Historical Examples

Yes,” replied Ibarra absently, “we shortened the surname; it was too long.
The Social Cancer Jos Rizal

“No, we ‘ain’t been so fur’s the post-office,” answered Mirandy, absently.
Meadow Grass Alice Brown

Edith said absently: “Someone will always be around to put him to bed.”
The Trial of Callista Blake Edgar Pangborn

One look about and he passed his hand over his forehead, absently.
A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge

absently her hand closed over the chestnuts, and the thought in her eyes was far away.
The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath

An instant he hesitated; then absently, slowly, the door opened and closed.
A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge

I was all eagerness, and presently he was absently preluding at my piano.
Melomaniacs James Huneker

“Pretty rough on him, I should say,” he commented, absently.
The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln

absently, without motive, she extracted it and glanced at the superscription.
The Tigress Anne Warner

adverb
in an absent-minded or preoccupied manner; inattentively

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