- Pensively is defined as something done in a thoughtful manner, often with sadness.
If you stare out the window in deep thought, this is an example of when you starepensively out the window.
(comparative more pensively, superlative most pensively)
pensive + -ly
Variant of pensive
- 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