- 心不在焉 [xīn bú zài yān]
- be absent-minded; absence of mind; absent-mindedness; be woolgathering; be out to lunch; in a brown study; inattentive; One's wits are woolgathering.; One's wits are gone woolgathering.; One's mind is not in it.; One's mind was occupied with other things.; One's heart was no longer in it.; preoccupied; preoccupied with one's thought elsewhere; with an abstracted air; with one's mind wandering:
listen absentmindedly; 心不在焉地听着
His thoughts were far away and he didn't hear a word of what you said. 他心不在焉，你说什么他都没听见。
The professor bumbled absent-mindedly along the road.
The actress was so absent-minded that she fluffed her lines.
He had an absent-minded manner.
I don't know why the manager offered that important job to such an absent-minded person.