[ bih-myoozd ]
/ bɪˈmyuzd /


bewildered or confused: a bemused expression on his face.
lost in thought; preoccupied.
mildly amused, especially in a detached way.

Origin of bemused

First recorded in 1695–1705; bemuse + -ed2

Related forms

be·mus·ed·ly [bih-myoo-zid-lee] /bɪˈmyu zɪd li/, adverbun·be·mused, adjective

Usage note

See bemuse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bemusedly

  • “But I wanted you to read it,” Gusterson said bemusedly, staring.

  • Dasinger happened to be bemusedly studying her face once more when she opened her eyes and gazed up at him.

    The Star Hyacinths|James H. Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for bemusedly


/ (bɪˈmjuːzd) /


preoccupied; lost in thought

Derived Forms

bemusedly (bɪˈmjuːzɪdlɪ), adverb
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