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

Origin of bemused

First recorded in 1695–1705; bemuse + -ed2
Related formsbe·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. 2018

Examples from the Web for bemusedly

Historical Examples of 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


  1. preoccupied; lost in thought
Derived Formsbemusedly (bɪˈmjuːzɪdlɪ), adverb
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Word Origin and History for bemusedly



1735, past participle adjective from bemuse (v.). Related: Bemusedly.

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