Is there an English word or idiom that describes a person who's blissfully unaware or oblivious to their surroundings? I always thought this word was "aloof," but "aloof" seems to hold a rather negative connotation, whereas the word I'm looking would almost connote a positive, like "living in a fairy tale" - or something along these lines. Is there a word for this, or is "oblivious" as close as we get?
Lotus Eater .
- Classical Mythology. a member of a people whom Odysseus found existing in a state of languorous forgetfulness induced by their eating of the fruit of the legendary lotus; one of the lotophagi.
- a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer.
An idiomatic phrase for this is blissfully unaware.
Ngram: blissfully unaware.
Out to lunch.
Unaware of or inattentive to present conditions.
Be/live in a dream world may convey the idea:
to have ideas or hopes which are not practical and are not likely to be successful (usually in continuous tenses) :
- If she thinks he's suddenly going to turn into the perfect boyfriend, she's living in a dream world.
(Cambridge Idioms Dictionary)
Stop paying attention, dissociate oneself from a situation. Also, engage in a mindless activity. For example, When Felicia starts talking about her ailments and her friends' ailments, I totally zone out. This idiom also occurs in the passive, be zoned out. It originally alluded to narcotic intoxication and then was broadened to other kinds of dissociation. [; second half of 1900s]
(slang, derogatory) One who forgets, daydreams, or otherwise is distracted from reality more often than most.
dreamily or eerily out of touch with reality; disoriented, forgetful, or dazed. [1965–70, Amer.]
- of a happy lighthearted character or disposition
- lacking due thought or consideration : casual, heedless