bewildered or confused: a bemused expression on his face.
lost in thought; preoccupied.
mildly amused, especially in a detached way.
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- be·mus·ed·ly [bih-myoo-zid-lee], /bɪˈmyu zɪd li/, adverb
- un·be·mused, adjective
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How to use bemused in a sentence
They launch into a noisy but triumphant rendition of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” trading looks of pure, astonished joy as the crowd remains bemused.Peacock's All-Girl Muslim Punk Band Comedy We Are Lady Parts Is a Rockin' Good Time | Judy Berman | June 2, 2021 | Time
He invited the bemused newsmen to examine the delicate tracery of the insect’s wings.The wings of war: Some people believed cicadas carried a dire warning | John Kelly | May 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Carlson isn’t known for his emotive diversity, so Fox viewers simply saw Carlson flickering around, befuddled and bemused, as the text at the bottom of the screen assured them that it would all be over soon.Republican men are a central part of coronavirus vaccine resistance | Philip Bump | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
That typically involves engaging a bemused media owner on the other end with knock-knock jokes that don’t have a punchline.Broken windows, ‘cuddling breaks’ and interrupted video calls: Parents share realities of juggling work while homeschooling kids | Jessica Davies | February 26, 2021 | Digiday
Assembled in the slick, now-familiar “docu-tainment” style that has become the fashion with high-profile shows of its ilk, “The Lady and the Dale” takes a deceptively bemused tone from the start.‘The Lady and the Dale’ explores transphobia in 1970s America | John Paul King | February 10, 2021 | Washington Blade
A bemused line reading sneaks in when you are anticipating a hammy hard sell.
But the prevailing emotion that day, even among us awardees, was a bemused sense of boredom, restlessness and insatiability.
Some folks watch Bieber's challenges with bemused interest, others with disgust, and others with genuine concern.
Messina would introduce himself to bemused staffers and ask them to visit his office for a second or two.No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign | Richard Wolffe | September 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
bemused, two journalists behind me wondered aloud “what this guy is doing here.”Matt & Tom Berninger on The National’s Doc ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ | Melissa Leon | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The truth is, I have a little lost my way, and stand bemused at the cross-roads.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
But his trembling nervous fingers and bemused eyes could make nothing of the "case" thus so suddenly brought before him.The Doctor's Family | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
After a time I exchanged it for one of the volumes of sermons, only to be equally bemused.A Cabinet Secret | Guy Boothby
She led him, unresisting but bemused, towards the gate, and into a confectioner's.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes | Israel Zangwill
Harky pondered a question that has bemused all great philosophers: how can humans be so foolish?The Duck-footed Hound | James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for bemused
preoccupied; lost in thought
- bemusedly (bɪˈmjuːzɪdlɪ), adverb
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