Absentmindedly



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.
Historical Examples

With a grave face, as she absentmindedly tossed and spread the glorious mass of her glittering hair, Harriet sat on, pondering.
Harriet and the Piper Kathleen Norris

“Maybe—maybe they did it kind of absentmindedly,” Pee-wee said.
Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh

Then, begged for one lump, she absentmindedly dropped in three, while talking with Starr.
The Chauffeur and the Chaperon C. N. Williamson

He made his way around the house at the back, absentmindedly feeling for his coat pocket and his pipe.
The Lilac Girl Ralph Henry Barbour

Beethoven wrote, as if absentmindedly, Ludwig Ludwig am 13ten Jenner 1822.
The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3) Alexander Wheelock Thayer

Mac got as far as Nora Darling, absentmindedly inserted a comma between the words, and there stuck hopelessly.
Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine

M. Raindal followed her, absentmindedly playing with his gloves.
Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem

He comforted her, absentmindedly, and dressed in the dark, swearing at the clumsy leggings.
The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson

You have moved down there for us, and came in here now absentmindedly?
Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips

One of them he handed to the “half-breed,” who tore off a corner with his teeth, absentmindedly putting the rest in his pocket.
Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston

adjective
preoccupied; forgetful; inattentive

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