- pleasantly entertaining or diverting: an amusing speaker.
- causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining: an amusing joke.
Origin of amusing
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Examples from the Web for amusingly
The choice of the van, traditionally considered a vehicle for trapping women, amusingly turns the convention on its head.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’
April 3, 2014
From the outside, the behavior looks the same, and can lead to some amusingly wrong conclusions.Contraception Looks Like a Loser at the Supreme Court
March 25, 2014
Though, amusingly, not necessarily at the juncture that she would most prefer.House of Cruz: the Making of Ted Cruz
November 1, 2013
She also nicely and amusingly recreates the complex party politics of the day.Why Can't Our Politics Improve Like Our Medicine?
February 23, 2013
Grunwald amusingly describes how he finally desperately put his request to the president at a White House Christmas party.David's Bookclub: The New New Deal
December 1, 2012
Mrs. Elton was amusingly bewildered by the occurrences of the evening.David Elginbrod
The outcome of the evening was amusingly destructive of all our kindly plans.A Daughter of the Middle Border
All this might, he thought, turn out very well and amusingly.War and Peace
The dancers were grotesquely got up, and are amusingly described by Mr Baker.Great African Travellers
And Harry seemed to him the incarnation of everything delightfully, amusingly English.The Limit
- mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh
Word Origin and History for amusingly
c.1600, "cheating;" present participle adjective from amuse (v.). Sense of "interesting" is from 1712; that of "pleasantly entertaining, tickling to the fancy" is from 1826. Noted late 1920s as a vogue word. Amusive has been tried in all senses since 18c. and might be useful, but it never caught on. Related: Amusingly.