- absorbed in thought; meditative.
- contemplation; reflection.
Origin of musing
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Examples from the Web for musingly
"Oh, there were a lot of things combined to send me to the woods," he said, musingly.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
They had lain in the trunk a long time undisturbed; and he examined them musingly.The Gentleman From Indiana
"I begin to understand matters," rejoined the invalid, musingly.
"I'm afraid I made a mistake, changin' that sign," he said, musingly.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Yes, it was very nice of him to remember her," said Electra, musingly.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Word Origin and History for musingly
late 14c., "complaint," verbal noun from muse (v.). Meaning "pondering" is from mid-15c. Related: Musingly; musings.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper