- absorbed in thought; meditative.
- contemplation; reflection.
Origin of musing
- to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
- Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
- to meditate on.
- to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
Origin of muse
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Examples from the Web for musing
Instead, officials are musing about indirect sources of supply, by and through third countries.CIA Director’s Trip to Kiev Was a Warning to Putin
Leslie H. Gelb
April 16, 2014
The political media soon chimed in, musing about the cluelessness of the Obama campaign.The GOP’s Two-Faced Celeb Bashing of Obama’s Parker-Wintour Fundraiser
June 14, 2012
Last week, for example, he was musing about a world without air-traffic controllers.How Michele Gets Her Groove Back
September 22, 2011
"I don't see why Robert hasn't been and let me know of this," said Mr. Paine, musing.Brave and Bold
Such, in truth, was too often the habit of the shy and musing girl.Sylph Etherege
He drove gloomily away, and Lucy Ann stepped into the store, musing.
But he only moved back a little, and went on fitting and musing.
"Yes, it's a good place for you to be in—I'm sure of that," said the other, musing again.The Incomplete Amorist
- (when intr, often foll by on or about) to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
- (intr) to gaze thoughtfully
- archaic a state of abstraction
- a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
- 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
Word Origin and History for musing
late 14c., "complaint," verbal noun from muse (v.). Meaning "pondering" is from mid-15c. Related: Musingly; musings.
"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).