- pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted.
- displaying amusement: an amused expression on her face.
- aroused to mirth.
Origin of amused
- to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly; entertain or divert in an enjoyable or cheerful manner: She amused the guests with witty conversation.
- to cause mirth, laughter, or the like, in: The comedian amused the audience with a steady stream of jokes.
- to cause (time, leisure, etc.) to pass agreeably.
- Archaic. to keep in expectation by flattery, pretenses, etc.
- to engross; absorb.
- to puzzle; distract.
Origin of amuse
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Examples from the Web for amused
Contemporary Examples of amused
At first—it was the early stages of reporting—I was amused at having been so crassly underestimated.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
Israelis often are amused and appalled by the crazies attracted to the Holy Land, and not only for religious reasons.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
One beginning that amused him takes place at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Mr. Abe was not amused and on his Facebook page he called these taunts “the most despicable act.”Japan’s Nasty Nazi-ish Elections
December 12, 2014
At the age of sixteen these bad guys chase you, often under the amused and complicit watch of policemen.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of amused
Upon her face was still the amused look Percival had noted below.
She looked up at him with an amused little smile, but did not move.
He was talking about his business as if more than anything it amused him.
He smiled as if he was thinking of something that amused him.
I bore it very well for a while, for at first it only amused me.Weighed and Wanting
- to keep pleasantly occupied; entertain; divert
- to cause to laugh or smile
Word Origin for amuse
Word Origin and History for amused
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.