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muse

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verb (used without object), mused, mus·ing.
  1. to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
  2. Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
verb (used with object), mused, mus·ing.
  1. to meditate on.
  2. 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 formsmus·er, noun
Can be confusedmews muse

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1. cogitate, ruminate, think; dream. 1, 3. ponder, contemplate, deliberate.
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Examples from the Web for mused

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  • "What a pity Ruth Denton couldn't have had such a chance," mused Elfreda.

  • "I wonder what he meant by that," Langdon mused to himself, as Crane moved away.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "One hundred and three," mused the Trainer, making a mental calculation.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • He smiled at her; and for a moment he mused again over that starry light in her eyes.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • They sat down together in the dark, and mused over old memories.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for mused

muse1

verb
  1. (when intr, often foll by on or about) to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
  2. (intr) to gaze thoughtfully
noun
  1. archaic a state of abstraction
Derived Formsmuser, nounmuseful, adjectivemusefully, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus

muse2

noun
  1. a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse

Muse

noun
  1. 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

muse

v.

"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.

muse

n.

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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