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  • adv. In a vacant manner; inanely or foolishly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a vacant manner; inanely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a vacant manner; idly.

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

  • adv. in a vacant manner


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vacant +‎ -ly


  • Wanless, answered enquiries as to Ingram's behaviour under what Mrs. Percival otiosely called "his bereavement," echoed speculations at to his whereabouts -- played, in short, vacantly an empty part, and kept her mother upon tenterhooks.

    Rest Harrow A Comedy of Resolution

  • At this point the imagery begins to repeat itself in different iterations, as it will for the rest of the novel: The man is at the station where the woman is now looking at him "vacantly"; the dog appears again, blocking his path; he walks along the street, where "a cyclist is trying to pedal along," the fish in his saddle bag now joined by a loaf of bread on top of it.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Now that they were together for the first time in a distinctly social fashion, he found himself vacantly, meaninglessly silent, content to walk beside this charming, summery presence, brushed by its delicate draperies, and inhaling its freshness.

    Sally Dows

  • He stopped at the corner and looked about him vacantly.

    Chapter 44

  • Then there's Dad handing his procrastinator a book on successful college essays and watching the boy vacantly turn it over in his hands.

    'Crazy U,' by Andrew Ferguson, about his family's college admissions experience

  • Once in a while, later in the evening, when alcohol seems to have worked some reanimation charm, some of the zombies will start to emulate human beings, leaving only the most inanimate standing vacantly in front of the band.

    Modern Bands and Zombies « Colleen Anderson

  • Wrapped in their torn blankets, they would sit or lie on the ground, staring vacantly into space, unaware of who or where they were, strangers to their surroundings.

    r_urell: The Perils of Indifference

  • I would catch him in his striped pajamas, staring vacantly at the wall, his thinning hair greasy from sleep.

    Double or Nothing

  • Maggie stared vacantly, mouth gaping, like the tiny circles Gina used to draw above the i's in her name.

    None of the Above

  • I deployed "busy" sometimes as a lament, often as a badge of honor, and almost always as vacantly as any well-worn cliché.

    Lynn Casteel Harper: The Elimination Of Busy: The Spiritual Discipline Of Being Present


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