Definitions of vacantly

  1. In a vacant manner; inanely.

Usage examples for vacantly

  1. A few moments, dazed and confounded, Hatton stood there gazing vacantly after her. – 'Laramie;' or, The Queen of Bedlam. by Charles King
  2. The child stared, vacantly. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  3. As I did so I noticed a man standing on the pavement close beside me looking vacantly across the street. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  4. The steward beat a retreat, and Glyddyr tossed off another glass, poured out the remainder, and sat gazing at it vacantly for a few minutes before taking it up, his hand once more trembling violently. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  5. Bob's face fell, and he stared vacantly forth without attempting to move. – North, South and Over the Sea by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  6. His eyes opened, and he gazed vacantly around. – The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
  7. Claude turned to her, and looked rather vacantly in her face. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  8. While Derek's eyes were riveted on Diane, she stood staring vacantly at the empty doorway through which Mrs. Eveleth and Miss Lucilla had passed on their way up- stairs. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  9. Bending forward, limp, in his chair, supporting his head vacantly on his hands, trying to think and fearing to think, de Spain heard Pardaloe's measured tread on the descending steps, and listened mechanically to the retreating echoes of his footsteps down the shaded street. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  10. So they smiled vacantly at one another, and began to feel the situation a little awkward. – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  11. They entered unobserved save by a few of the younger people who were staring vacantly about the room, and took their seats on the last bench. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  12. He looked vacantly at Patrick. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  13. Swain nodded vacantly, but I could see that he had not understood. – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson
  14. Between the curtains of the doorway stood Mrs. Tabor, her hands raised above her head gripped the curtains as if for support, so that she seemed rather to hang there than to stand; her eyes looked through and beyond us vacantly, and the pretty old- young face was twisted like a tragic mask. – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  15. The farmer lifted his head for the first time, and stared vacantly at Robert. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  16. The man stared vacantly past Phil at the wall. – The Auto Boys' Vacation by James A. Braden
  17. With gloomy face he sat in his saddle, staring vacantly at the ground and at the clouds. – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai
  18. With drooping eyelids its sole occupant was vacantly smiling at the failure of his little finger to push the ash from a cold cigar. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable