verb (used with object), a·mused, a·mus·ing.
- to engross; absorb.
- to puzzle; distract.
Origin of amuse
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Two's always company for such a pair—the amusing one and the amusable!Trilby
George Du Maurier
She is wasted and thrown away upon such as are neither amusing nor amusable.
Word Origin for amuse
late 15c., "to divert the attention, beguile, delude," from Middle French amuser "divert, cause to muse," from a "at, to" (but here probably a causal prefix) + muser "ponder, stare fixedly" (see muse (v.)). Sense of "divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of" is recorded from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary meaning was "deceive, cheat" by first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains more of the original meaning. Related: Amused; amusing.