Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an absent or inattentive manner; with absence of mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an absent or abstracted manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an absentminded or preoccupied manner

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

absent +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Maggie O’Rourke, she supplied her name absently, still trying to comprehend his explanation.

    This Calder Sky

  • Maggie O’Rourke, she supplied her name absently, still trying to comprehend his explanation.

    This Calder Sky

  • Maggie O’Rourke, she supplied her name absently, still trying to comprehend his explanation.

    This Calder Sky

  • Maggie O’Rourke, she supplied her name absently, still trying to comprehend his explanation.

    This Calder Sky

  • The door closed, and she touched the pile of coins absently.

    Aching for Always

  • He checked the edge of his sword absently, then wrapped his cloak around his other arm in lieu of a shield.

    Father Swarat

  • Hanna called absently into the kitchen, then began reading the introductory paragraph on page 2.

    Mending Places

  • He checked the edge of his sword absently, then wrapped his cloak around his other arm in lieu of a shield.

    The Dragons of Chaos

  • If silver entered into the transaction, he usually rang the last coin absently on the glass surface of the counter.

    Otherwise Phyllis

  • He dropped a Greek word absently, putting away his papers the while, and thinking of the subject with which he had just been busy.

    Lady Connie

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