from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deeply, often wistfully or dreamily thoughtful.
- adj. Suggestive or expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
- adj. Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing.
- adj. Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Engaged in serious thought or reflection; given to earnest musing: often implying some degree of anxiety, depression, or gloom; thoughtful and somewhat melancholy.
- Expressing thoughtfulness with sadness; betokening or conducive to thoughtful or earnest musing.
- Synonyms Meditative, reflective, sober.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deeply or seriously thoughtful
- adj. showing pensive sadness
Middle English pensif, from Old French, from penser, to think, from Latin pēnsāre, frequentative of pendere, to weigh.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pensif ("thoughtful"), from the verb penser ("to think") by adding suffix -if (English -ive), from Latin pēnsō. (Wiktionary)