Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Deeply agitated, as from worry or grief.
  • adjective Archaic Mentally deranged.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Drawn apart; separated.
  • Distracted; bewildered; perplexed; being in or manifesting a state of distraction.

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

  • past participle obsolete Torn asunder; separated.
  • past participle Distracted; perplexed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Deeply hurt, saddened, or worried; distressed.

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

  • adjective deeply agitated especially from emotion

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, alteration of distract, past participle of distracten, to distract; see distract.]

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From Middle English, merger of distract ("distracted") and straught ("distraught"), past participle of strecchen ("to stretch"). Compare also bestraught, extraught, forstraught, etc. More at distract, stretch.

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