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[uh-myoo-zing] /əˈmyu zɪŋ/
pleasantly entertaining or diverting:
an amusing speaker.
causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining:
an amusing joke.
Origin of amusing
First recorded in 1590-1600; amuse + -ing2
Related forms
amusingly, adverb
amusingness, noun
quasi-amusing, adjective
quasi-amusingly, adverb
unamusing, adjective
unamusingly, adverb
unamusingness, noun
1. charming, cheering, lively. 2. laughable, delightful, funny.
Synonym Study
2. Amusing, comical, droll describe that which causes mirth. That which is amusing is quietly humorous or funny in a gentle, good-humored way: The baby's attempts to talk were amusing. That which is comical causes laughter by being incongruous, witty, or ludicrous: His huge shoes made the clown look comical. Droll adds to comical the idea of strange or peculiar, and sometimes that of sly or waggish humor: the droll antics of a kitten; a droll imitation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unamusing
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  • Oh, just some vague, cautious slosh, not unamusing in its way—it'll get there all right.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • You have no society there, and here you have some—unamusing and tedious though it may be.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • But though Fanny might forgive, she must have found it unamusing to forget.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • A microscopic, but not unamusing, social life was in full swing.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • A commercial courtship, as you express it, is not unamusing.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • But if the controversy be unamusing, it shall, at least as far as I can render it so, be brief.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • The song began—a long and unamusing ditty, topical in its points.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • It would be no unamusing task for an antiquary with human instincts to dig and delve until he had re-peopled every residence.

  • And here was Wickwire himself, condemned to the dreariest fate ever devised by unamusing devils.

  • It is not unamusing, but scarcely first-class, the two political skits at the end being about the best part of it.

British Dictionary definitions for unamusing


mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh
Derived Forms
amusingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unamusing



c.1600, "cheating;" present participle adjective from amuse (v.). Sense of "interesting" is from 1712; that of "pleasantly entertaining, tickling to the fancy" is from 1826. Noted late 1920s as a vogue word. Amusive has been tried in all senses since 18c. and might be useful, but it never caught on. Related: Amusingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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