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

  • adj. Deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict.
  • adj. Mad; insane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Torn asunder; separated.
  • Distracted; perplexed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. deeply agitated especially from emotion


Middle English, alteration of distract, past participle of distracten, to distract; see distract.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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