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
Being, however, quite unaccustomed to dealing with this dual condition of mind it is to be feared he was a little "distrait" and mechanical of speech.
Auntie became excessively pale, and was sometimes quite "distrait" and bewildered-looking, which was little wonder, considering all she had to do and arrange.
I took care never to be absent or 'distrait'; but on the contrary, attended to everything that was said, done, or even looked, in company; I never failed in the minutest attentions and was never 'journalier'.
He sounds lost—even distrait, whatever that means.
“Sure, son, sure,” Jack answered with a distrait tone.
"Sure, son, sure," Jack answered with a distrait tone.
Though haggard and distrait, Cooke was still every inch the buckra, or Jamaican planter.
Her Kitchen Essays appeared first in the Times, and have what Nicola Humble accurately calls a "slightly distrait charm" (what on earth to do when cook is away?).
Never has the British electorate seemed so disengaged and distrait.
Stapleton was talking with animation, but the Baronet looked pale and distrait.