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  1. absorbed in thought; meditative.
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  1. contemplation; reflection.
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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
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Historical Examples of musingly

  • "Oh, there were a lot of things combined to send me to the woods," he said, musingly.

    With Trapper Jim in the North Woods

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • They had lain in the trunk a long time undisturbed; and he examined them musingly.

  • "I begin to understand matters," rejoined the invalid, musingly.

  • "I'm afraid I made a mistake, changin' that sign," he said, musingly.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Yes, it was very nice of him to remember her," said Electra, musingly.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

Word Origin and History for musingly



late 14c., "complaint," verbal noun from muse (v.). Meaning "pondering" is from mid-15c. Related: Musingly; musings.

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