distractedly distractedly


  • (adv) in a distracted manner


  1. In Touloum, I meet a filthy young man in rags, distractedly unpicking the threads of a knitted woolen cap.
  2. The man finds himself lolling distractedly around the house, watching soap operas, complaining when his wife comes home late from the office.
  3. Lumsden distractedly examined the figure on her diagnosis envelope.


  • There Is Joy at Stonewall, but the Mighty Fight Must Press on

    The morning began nervously, with the 10 a.m. Supreme Court rulings on two extremely important gay marriage cases looming. The possibility for victory was high, and conversely for defeat — for catastrophe, even. Tired from Tuesday night's Texas vigil, I distractedly did work while the clock ticked away slowly, painfully. And then, just like that, there it was. And it was good news! No more DOMA ...
    on June 27, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News


  • "Our 'ego' or self-conception could be pictured as a leaking balloon," Botton writes, "forever requiring the helium of external love to remain inflated. . . . Our mood may blacken because a colleague greets us distractedly or telephone calls...
    on Jun 6, 2004 By: Alain de Botton Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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