View synonyms for amusing


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  1. pleasantly entertaining or diverting:

    an amusing speaker.

    Synonyms: lively, engaging, pleasing, charming

  2. causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining:

    an amusing joke.

    Synonyms: funny, humorous, laughable


/ əˈmjuːzɪŋ /


  1. mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh

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Derived Forms

  • aˈmusingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • a·musing·ly adverb
  • a·musing·ness noun
  • quasi-a·musing adjective
  • quasi-a·musing·ly adverb
  • una·musing adjective
  • una·musing·ly adverb
  • una·musing·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amusing1

First recorded in 1590–1600; amuse + -ing 2

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

That makes it all the more important to share what we can, like generosity, empathy, TV recommendations, amusing internet videos, and of course newsletters like this one.

From Quartz

Here at Quanta, what counts as controversial might seem amusing in contrast.

When the game’s most prominent figures can draw on their experiences — be it in course strategy or amusing anecdote — it adds a richness and depth that the sport needs.

She also offers examples of the many species that have taken intromitta to amusing and terrifying extremes.

For an amusing demonstration, ask someone to draw a bicycle.

But his ranking Democratic member just told an amusing story about Issa.

He wrote a number of books dealing with the more amusing aspects of army life.

Fun facts like this abound, often displayed via amusing graphs and infographics.

He's polite and amusing, inventing comic voices to deceive friends.

There was something amusing to us about an actor who wants to move on with a new life.

He insisted upon my staying a while, and we had the most amusing and entertaining conversation imaginable.

At the same time he is appreciative and very amusing, and one has no chance to indulge in melancholy with him.

He is very silent—he sometimes sits for ten minutes without speaking; I assure you it is n't amusing.

He had a great sense of humour and used to tell many an amusing story.

The most amusing point in it is, that the author seriously intended the lines to rhyme.