daydream

1 of 2

noun

day·​dream ˈdā-ˌdrēm How to pronounce daydream (audio)
: a pleasant visionary usually wishful creation of the imagination
daydreamlike adjective

daydream

2 of 2

verb

daydreamed; daydreaming; daydreams

intransitive verb

: to have a daydream
daydreamer noun

Examples of daydream in a Sentence

Noun I drifted off in a daydream during the class. hoped that one day world peace would be a reality and not just a daydream Verb Instead of studying, he spent the afternoon daydreaming about his vacation.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On her first three albums, love is mostly a daydream. Allaire Nuss, EW.com, 6 Feb. 2024 Living in a vibrant pixel daydream of ‘90s Indonesia, protagonist Atma must prevent his vengeful and magical girlfriend Raya from turning his town into a hell pit. Vulture, 2 Feb. 2024 Even to daydream felt like setting myself up on a dangerous pedestal of disappointment. Vanessa Chan, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2024 Buy from Que Edition: Edition Candle $80 | Smell and nostalgia are closely linked, so give the gift of a vacation memory (or a daydream about a future one) with Edition Hotels’ signature black tea scent. Amanda Finnegan, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 But when Martian daydreams, in particular, turn into reality, the picture becomes less pleasant. Kirsi Lehto, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2023 Solid, foundational humanity—community, caring—moved from legitimate aspiration to naive teenage daydream. Raven Smith, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 This Bible story lent an air of defiant romance to a Southern California ziggurat that supplied grist for my childhood daydreams. Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 This term refers to the brain’s capacity to imagine the future, ruminate on past experiences, or daydream. Julia Landwehr, Health, 8 Sep. 2023
Verb
The freewheeling film drew inspiration from the works of Francois Truffaut and Charlie Chaplin, Debré told Variety, engaging in equal parts with poignant and absurdist subject matters while following a daydreaming lead who can’t be knocked down. Ben Croll, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024 Survivor: Panama — Exile Island Ah, just writing the word Panama gets me daydreaming about Survivor Sally and her intoxicating knee socks. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2023 Whisnant often daydreamed about opening a business to have a steady job in the winter while creating a sense of community. Jennifer Prince, Travel + Leisure, 8 Jan. 2024 The patterns of neurons fired while the mice were daydreaming looked incredibly similar to the distinct patterns fired when each image was originally shown. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 13 Dec. 2023 Locals might be fed up up with high prices, but there are still plenty of people daydreaming about living here. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 Humans use imagination for far more than daydreaming. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 2 Nov. 2023 Hey, ever catch that mate who’s daydreaming of the golf course more than spreadsheets? Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 In another scene, Bajos can be heard talking down a father who seems to be daydreaming an awful lot about chucking his screaming newborn out the window. WIRED, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daydream was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Daydream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydream. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

daydream

1 of 2 noun
day·​dream ˈdā-ˌdrēm How to pronounce daydream (audio)
: a dreamy sequence of usually happy or pleasant imaginings

daydream

2 of 2 verb
: to have a daydream
daydreamer noun

Medical Definition

daydream

noun
day·​dream ˈdā-ˌdrēm How to pronounce daydream (audio)
: a visionary creation of the imagination experienced while awake
especially : a gratifying reverie usually of wish fulfillment
daydream intransitive verb
daydreamer noun

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