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[uh-myoo-zing] /əˈmyu zɪŋ/
pleasantly entertaining or diverting:
an amusing speaker.
causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining:
an amusing joke.
Origin of amusing
First recorded in 1590-1600; amuse + -ing2
Related forms
amusingly, adverb
amusingness, noun
quasi-amusing, adjective
quasi-amusingly, adverb
unamusing, adjective
unamusingly, adverb
unamusingness, noun
1. charming, cheering, lively. 2. laughable, delightful, funny.
Synonym Study
2. Amusing, comical, droll describe that which causes mirth. That which is amusing is quietly humorous or funny in a gentle, good-humored way: The baby's attempts to talk were amusing. That which is comical causes laughter by being incongruous, witty, or ludicrous: His huge shoes made the clown look comical. Droll adds to comical the idea of strange or peculiar, and sometimes that of sly or waggish humor: the droll antics of a kitten; a droll imitation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mrs. Elton was amusingly bewildered by the occurrences of the evening.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • The outcome of the evening was amusingly destructive of all our kindly plans.

  • All this might, he thought, turn out very well and amusingly.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The dancers were grotesquely got up, and are amusingly described by Mr Baker.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
  • And Harry seemed to him the incarnation of everything delightfully, amusingly English.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
British Dictionary definitions for amusingly


mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh
Derived Forms
amusingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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