A pensive woman.
The definition of pensive is feeling sad while deep in thought.
An example of pensive is how one feels after reading a depressing novel.
- thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad or melancholy things
- expressing deep thoughtfulness, often with some sadness
Origin of pensiveMiddle English pensif from Old French from penser, to think, reflect from Classical Latin pensare, to weigh, consider, frequentative of pendere, to ponder, weigh, hang: see pendant
- Engaged in deep and serious thought.
- Showing or expressing deep, often melancholy thought: a pensive look.
Origin of pensiveMiddle English pensif from Old French from penser to think from Latin pēnsāre frequentative of pendere to weigh ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pensive, superlative most pensive)