- amusement arcade,
- amusement park,
- amusement tax,
Origin of amusing
verb (used with object), a·mused, a·mus·ing.
- to engross; absorb.
- to puzzle; distract.
Origin of amuse
Examples from the Web for amusing
But his ranking Democratic member just told an amusing story about Issa.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer|Lloyd Grove|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's polite and amusing, inventing comic voices to deceive friends.
A comedy titan who was always the center of attention, amusing even the most hardened of cynics with his manic energy.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But for every amusing World Cup story like this one, there seems to be at least one that infuriates.What Is It About Soccer That Brings Out the Hooligan in Its Fans?|Bill Morris|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Less than a month later, Christie got the least amusing news of his career.Christie Aides Can Keep Bridgegate Emails Under Wraps|Olivia Nuzzi|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are very comfortable here, and the streets are so amusing.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
The footman was fond of reading, and used often in the evening to entertain the other servants with some amusing book.Favorite Fairy Tales|Logan Marshall
Fink sat, meanwhile, in Anton's room, amusing himself with rallying his friend.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
The camel races, while not exactly regarded as a medium for speculation, were the most amusing to watch.With Our Army in Palestine|Antony Bluett
In this amusing occupation the time would have passed unheeded but for Mr. Lambe's increasing dryness.
Word Origin for amuse
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.
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.