Definition of woolgathering in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwo͝olˌɡaT͟H(ə)riNG/ /ˈwʊlˌɡæð(ə)rɪŋ/


  • Indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absentmindedness.

    ‘he wanted to be free to indulge his woolgathering’
    • ‘Is the 19 March memo just a bit of wool-gathering by the WTO Secretariat?’
    • ‘‘After her first success Alexandra went wool-gathering for some time and stopped working hard in the gym,’ she said.’
    • ‘Buddhism may be diluted by sloppy New Age enthusiasms, and most non-Buddhist artists may revel in the narcissism, intellectual wool-gathering, conflict, and violence that the religion abhors.’
    • ‘Carr talks loneliness, life, joy and personal politics, deliberately avoiding wool-gathering or the delivery of harsh homilies.’
    daydreaming, dreaming, building castles in the air, building castles in Spain, reverie, musing, abstraction, preoccupation, brown study, distraction, inattention