- bewildered or confused: a bemused expression on his face.
- lost in thought; preoccupied.
- mildly amused, especially in a detached way.
Origin of bemused
- to bewilder or confuse.
- to preoccupy; engross.
- to cause to be mildly amused, especially in a detached way: Apparently bemused by his critics, he floated above the clamor surrounding the campaign.
Origin of bemuse
Related Wordsdistracted, bewildered, dazed, perplexed, befuddled, puzzled, absent, preoccupied, lost, abstracted, engrossed, absorbed, discombobulated, thrown, muddled, stupefied, flustered, dreamy, faraway, inattentive
Examples from the Web for bemused
A bemused line reading sneaks in when you are anticipating a hammy hard sell.It’s OK to Like ‘The Big Bang Theory’
September 23, 2014
But the prevailing emotion that day, even among us awardees, was a bemused sense of boredom, restlessness and insatiability.The Medal of Honor Disgrace
Brian Van Reet
March 26, 2014
Some folks watch Bieber's challenges with bemused interest, others with disgust, and others with genuine concern.Justin Bieber's Spiritual Crisis
January 26, 2014
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
September 12, 2013
Bemused, two journalists behind me wondered aloud “what this guy is doing here.”Matt & Tom Berninger on The National’s Doc ‘Mistaken for Strangers’
April 25, 2013
Still Andre-Louis continued to stand there, looking on as if bemused.Scaramouche
Nor was he so bemused by fear as not to reflect that, whatever Flavia asked, Asgill would do.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
This note, necessarily so broken and bemused, must reach its useless end.A History of the United States
(I have forgiven), said David in Hebrew, and laughed at the man's bemused visage.Ghetto Comedies
This poor old chap is ill and bemused by his rough handling.Dorothy's House Party
- preoccupied; lost in thought
- (tr) to confuse; bewilder
Word Origin and History for bemused
1735, past participle adjective from bemuse (v.). Related: Bemusedly.