from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a pondering way; with deep thought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pondering manner; with consideration or deliberation.


pondering +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • Frederick Travers turned back to the desk, as if to put the letters away, changed his mind, and slowly and ponderingly reread them.


  • Add to all this that this administration seems to tiptoe around itself, and you get a tentative, ponderingly slow, left-leaning, promise making, but result-deficient reality.

    B.D. Gallof: Remember, Remember The 3rd Of November

  • He turned slowly, ponderingly, accepting again the isolation.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • As I looked at them ponderingly, a frog far in the back of the cave gave a discordant, echoing croak, which started the sulky and suspicious black boy who attended me into an abrupt exclamation of semi-fright; while a scrub fowl, scratching for its living overhead, dislodged a chip of granite which went clicking down the rocks.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Parlabane looked down ponderingly at him for a moment, then nodded himself.

    Boiling a Frog

  • "There have been calls for me to bring in the army, George," he said ponderingly.

    Country of the Blind

  • Anchises 'son stood still, and ponderingly stayed his footsteps, pitying at heart their cruel lot.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • He who ponderingly, of a purified spirit, loses himself in the meditation of Atman, unexpressable by words is his blissfulness of his heart.


  • Mr. Pike looked at me ponderingly, and waited until the Elsinore had fairly righted for an instant ere he took his departure down the hall.

    Chapter 29

  • And there seems no lessening of the need of it, '' he added, ponderingly.

    Acres of Diamonds

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