Learned borrowing from Latin cōgitābundus (thinking, thoughtful),[1] from cōgitō (to think; to consider, ponder; to intend, plan) + -bundus (suffix forming adjectives with an active or transitive meaning). Cōgitō is derived from con- (prefix indicating a bringing together of several things) + agitō (to put in motion; to rouse, stir up; to consider, meditate upon; to contrive, intend; to deliberate upon, discuss) (from agō (to act, do; to impel, move; to deliberate, discuss; to think upon), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵ- (to drive)) + -itō (suffix forming frequentative verbs)).



cogitabund (comparative more cogitabund, superlative most cogitabund)

  1. (archaic, literary) Deep in thought; meditative, thoughtful.
    Synonyms: cogitabundous, musing, pensive; see also Thesaurus:contemplative
    • 1649, John Bulwer, “Dissect. XVII”, in Pathomyotamia or A Dissection of the Significative Muscles of the Affections of the Minde. [], London: [] W. W. for Humphrey Moseley, [], OCLC 926185988, pages 169–170:
      To turn the apple of the eye towards the Nose, is their peculiar action who are Sowre and Severe; for, such are of a Contuitive, Grave, and Cogitabund aspect, such as is seen in those who with some Tragicall and Goblin-like look would affright and scare others.
    • 1690, [John] Dryden, Amphitryon; or, The Two Sosia’s. [], London: [] J[acob] Tonson, []; and M. Tonson [], published 1691, OCLC 228726855, Act III, pages 29–30:
      Phædra. [...] Why Soſia! What, in a brown Study? / Soſia. A little cogitabund, or ſo; concerning this diſmal Revolution in our Family!
    • 1711, [William Wagstaffe], The Ballad of The King shall Enjoy His Own again: With a Learned Comment thereupon, [], London: [s.n.], OCLC 503850756, page 5:
      [B]eing us'd to this ſedentary Diverſion, [...] he grew mighty cogitabund, from whence a Frenzy ſeiz'd on Him, and He turn'd Enthuſiaſt like one of our French Prophets, and went about Prognoſticating the Downfall of the King and Popery, which were Terms ſynonimous at that time of Day.
    • 1796, [James White; Charles Lamb], “Preface”, in Original Letters, &c. of Sir John Falstaff and His Friends; [], London: [] Messrs. G. G. and J. Robinsons, []; J[ohn] Debrett, []; and Murray and Highley, [], OCLC 67408874, page xxii:
      Canſt thou imagine, that any other writer of my merits, elaborate, cogitabund, fanciful in the garniſhment of a quaint conceit, and reeking with my diſappointments, would be pacified with ſo trivial a conceſſion?
    • 1847, Robert Southey, “Chapter CC. A Chapter of Kings.”, in John Wood Warter, editor, The Doctor, &c., volume VI, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1179713, pages 361–362:
      It is related in the same archives of cosmogony that the King of the Goats is a White Goat, who carries his head in a melancholy and cogitabund position, regarding the ground,— [...]
    • 1850, Leigh Hunt, “An Answer to the Question, ‘What is Poetry?’”, in Imagination and Fancy; or Selections from the English Poets, [], new edition, New York, N.Y.: George P[almer] Putnam, [], OCLC 11131143, page 34:
      [W]e have so many new poets coming forward, it may be as well to give a general warning against that tendency to an accumulation and ostentation of thoughts, which is meant to be a refutation in full of the pretensions of all poetry less cogitabund, whatever may be the requirements of its class.

Derived termsEdit



  1. ^ cogitabund, adj.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1891.



Borrowed from Italian cogitabondo.


cogitabund m or n (feminine singular cogitabundă, masculine plural cogitabunzi, feminine and neuter plural cogitabunde)

  1. thoughtful, cogitabund



  • cogitabund in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN