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[myooz] /myuz/
verb (used without object), mused, musing.
to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
verb (used with object), mused, musing.
to meditate on.
to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
Origin of muse
1300-50; Middle English musen to mutter, gaze meditatively on, be astonished < Middle French muser, perhaps ultimately derivative of Medieval Latin mūsum muzzle
Related forms
muser, noun
Can be confused
mews, muse.
1. cogitate, ruminate, think; dream. 1, 3. ponder, contemplate, deliberate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mused
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  • Joe mused an appreciable time, beating his tattoo on the table.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • "I am told the Mississippi is a very large river," mused Miss Margie.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • There were wonderful possibilities in the girl, Corinna mused, looking her over.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • "We certainly let that guard officer in for something," he mused.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Poor old chap, mused the young pitcher, as he resumed his way to his fathers shop.

British Dictionary definitions for mused


when intr, often foll by on or about. to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
(intransitive) to gaze thoughtfully
(archaic) a state of abstraction
Derived Forms
muser, noun
museful, adjective
musefully, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus


a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse


(Greek myth) any of nine sister goddesses, each of whom was regarded as the protectress of a different art or science. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the nine are Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania
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Word Origin and History for mused



"to reflect, to be absorbed in thought," mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.) "to ponder, dream, wonder; loiter, waste time," literally "to stand with one's nose in the air" (or, possibly, "to sniff about" like a dog who has lost the scent), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout," of unknown origin. Probably influenced in sense by muse (n.). Related: Mused; musing.


late 14c., protectors of the arts, from Old French Muse and directly from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa, "the Muse," also "music, song," from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "inspiring goddess of a particular poet" is from late 14c. The traditional names and specialties of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, are: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).

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