Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inattentive or preoccupied, especially because of anxiety: "When she did not occupy her accustomed chair at the seminar, Freud felt uneasy and distrait” ( Times Literary Supplement).

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  • adj. absent-minded, troubled, distracted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Absent-minded; lost in thought; abstracted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abstracted; absent-minded; inattentive.
  • In French law, awarded to another. See distraction, 9.

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

  • adj. having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, past participle of distraire, to distract, from Latin distrahere; see distract.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French distrait. (Wiktionary)

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  • Dr, Meade used this word when he was talking with his wife when she was pestering him about wanting to know about what Belle Whatling's house looked like.

    July 28, 2012

  • JM is distrait ....................................................................................... see!

    September 22, 2010

  • He was continually drifting into reveries, bstracted, distrait.

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 5

    August 15, 2008