[ bih-myoozd ]
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  1. bewildered or confused: a bemused expression on his face.

  2. lost in thought; preoccupied.

  1. mildly amused, especially in a detached way.

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Origin of bemused

First recorded in 1695–1705; bemuse + -ed2

confusables note For bemused

See bemuse.

Other words from bemused

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bemused


/ (bɪˈmjuːzd) /

  1. preoccupied; lost in thought

Derived forms of bemused

  • bemusedly (bɪˈmjuːzɪdlɪ), adverb

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