[ myoo-zing ]
/ ˈmyu zɪŋ /


absorbed in thought; meditative.


contemplation; reflection.

Nearby words

  1. musicology,
  2. musicotherapy,
  3. musigny,
  4. musil,
  5. musil, robert,
  6. musingly,
  7. musique concrète,
  8. musjid,
  9. musk,
  10. musk bag

Origin of musing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at muse, -ing2, -ing1

Related formsmus·ing·ly, adverbun·mus·ing, adjective


[ myooz ]
/ myuz /

verb (used without object), mused, mus·ing.

to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.

verb (used with object), mused, mus·ing.

to meditate on.
to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for musing


/ (mjuːz) /


(when intr, often foll by on or about) to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
(intr) to gaze thoughtfully


archaic a state of abstraction
Derived Formsmuser, nounmuseful, adjectivemusefully, adverb

Word Origin for muse

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


/ (mjuːz) /


a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet

Word Origin for muse

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


/ (mjuːz) /


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 musing
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