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verb (used without object), mused, mus·ing.
  1. to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
  2. Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
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verb (used with object), mused, mus·ing.
  1. to meditate on.
  2. to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
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Origin of muse

1300–50; Middle English musen to mutter, gaze meditatively on, be astonished < Middle French muser, perhaps ultimately derivative of Medieval Latin mūsum muzzle
Related formsmus·er, noun
Can be confusedmews muse

Synonyms for muse

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Historical Examples of muser

  • So the muser mused in his quiet study, with the roar of the water in his ears.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests

    Anthony Hope

  • But 'hungry generations' soon tread down the muser in a city.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy

  • The muser started, for a hand grasped his arm, and shook him.

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    William Davy Watson

  • To the muser there was no time; time had dribbled out and reverie had taken its place.

    An Arkansas Planter

    Opie Percival Read

  • Sweeter dreams now woo the muser, warming into passion, pulsing with a more eager throb of desire, in changed tone and pace.

British Dictionary definitions for muser


  1. (when intr, often foll by on or about) to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
  2. (intr) to gaze thoughtfully
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  1. archaic a state of abstraction
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Derived Formsmuser, nounmuseful, adjectivemusefully, adverb

Word Origin for muse

C14: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus


  1. a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
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Word Origin for muse

C14: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse


  1. Greek myth any of nine sister goddesses, each of whom was regarded as the protectress of a different art or science. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the nine are Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania
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Word Origin and History for muser



"to reflect, to be absorbed in thought," mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.) "to ponder, dream, wonder; loiter, waste time," literally "to stand with one's nose in the air" (or, possibly, "to sniff about" like a dog who has lost the scent), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout," of unknown origin. Probably influenced in sense by muse (n.). Related: Mused; musing.

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late 14c., protectors of the arts, from Old French Muse and directly from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa, "the Muse," also "music, song," from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "inspiring goddess of a particular poet" is from late 14c. The traditional names and specialties of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, are: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).

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