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[myoo-zing] /ˈmyu zɪŋ/
absorbed in thought; meditative.
contemplation; reflection.
Origin of musing
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at muse, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
musingly, adverb
unmusing, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He looked musingly at the moonlit waters, musingly at the starlit sky.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • "The highest humour often moves me to tears," said Mr. Amarinth musingly.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • “So she grew up out there in the hills without any friends or social life,” Prentiss commented, musingly.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
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  • Presently he sat back in his chair and regarded her musingly.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • "Somehow eggs don't taste as good now-a-days as those did," my father said, musingly.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda Florence Tinsley Cox
  • Flice said, musingly, as they approached the latticed passageway.

  • "The old garrison don't look as it did when I was here in 188-," he said, musingly.

  • "I wish I could ricollect what it was all about," she said musingly.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • The two went, and Stone, pacing up and down the long room said musingly, “All centers round that girl.”

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • musingly and slowly the Dictator devoured the contents of this epistle.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
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
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