Adjective "Pensive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.
  1. 'His dark eyes were pensive, almost thoughtful, and they were directly aimed at me.'
  2. 'He was still a serious pensive boy but slightly older, he didn't run so much, nor did he stare around him.'
  3. 'Rich had become so absorbed in his pensive gazing that he failed to notice his brother enter the café.'
  4. 'The eerie stillness of the music and voice reflects the pensive, self-critical nature of the lyric.'
  5. 'When you're in a pensive mood, as I have been today, the British weather can be a fine accompaniment.'
  6. 'Our mood turns pensive as we find the rental shop and return our scooters.'
  7. 'Nicole glanced over at Jake and saw his pensive mood written all over his face.'
  8. 'Julia is interrupted from her thoughts when a pensive looking Greg steps up behind her.'
  9. 'It makes me think that she's just fairly introverted and is quite a thoughtful person, even pensive perhaps.'
  10. 'The pensive mood is punctuated by the quiet string-pluck of an acoustic guitar at the end of the track.'


1. dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood.

2. expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be pensive about captains."

"people can be pensive in evenings."

"englishs can be pensive about comebacks."

"people can be pensive."

"moods can be pensive."

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Late Middle English: from Old French pensif, -ive, from penser ‘think’, from Latin pensare ‘ponder’, frequentative of pendere ‘weigh’.