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 formsa·mus·ing·ly, adverba·mus·ing·ness, nounqua·si-a·mus·ing, adjectivequa·si-a·mus·ing·ly, adverbun·a·mus·ing, adjectiveun·a·mus·ing·ly, adverbun·a·mus·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for amusing

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amusingly

Contemporary Examples of amusingly

Historical Examples of amusingly

  • Mrs. Elton was amusingly bewildered by the occurrences of the evening.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • The outcome of the evening was amusingly destructive of all our kindly plans.

  • All this might, he thought, turn out very well and amusingly.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • The dancers were grotesquely got up, and are amusingly described by Mr Baker.

  • And Harry seemed to him the incarnation of everything delightfully, amusingly English.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

British Dictionary definitions for amusingly



mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh
Derived Formsamusingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for amusingly



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.

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