[syn: pensive, wistful]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pensive \Pen"sive\, a. [F. pensif, fr. penser to think, fr. L.
pensare to weigh, ponder, consider, v. intens. fr. pendere to
weigh. See Pension, Poise.]
1. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection;
given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing.
The pensive secrecy of desert cell. --Milton.
Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed. --Pope.
2. Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as,
pensive numbers. --Prior.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only
in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic
hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";
[syn: brooding, broody, contemplative,
meditative, musing, pensive, pondering,
2: showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and wistful response
of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty" [syn: pensive,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
82 Moby Thesaurus words for "pensive":
absent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, atrabiliar,
atrabilious, bemused, blue, brooding, castle-building, cogitative,
cognitive, concentrating, concentrative, conceptive, conceptual,
conceptualized, contemplating, contemplative, daydreaming,
daydreamy, deliberating, deliberative, dreaming, dreamy, drowsing,
ecstatic, elsewhere, engrossed, excogitating, faraway, funky,
grave, half-awake, ideative, in a reverie, in a trance,
in the clouds, introspective, lost, lost in thought, meditating,
meditative, melancholic, melancholy, mental, mooning, moonraking,
museful, musing, napping, nodding, noetic, oblivious,
pipe-dreaming, pondering, prehensive, preoccupied, rapt,
reflecting, reflective, ruminant, ruminating, ruminative, sad,
saddened, serious, sober, somewhere else, speculative, stargazing,
taken up, thinking, thought, thoughtful, transported, tristful,
unconscious, wistful, withdrawn, woolgathering,
wrapped in thought