pleasantly entertaining or diverting: an amusing speaker.
causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining: an amusing joke.

Origin of amusing

First recorded in 1590–1600; amuse + -ing2
Related formsa·mus·ing·ly, adverba·mus·ing·ness, nounqua·si-a·mus·ing, adjectivequa·si-a·mus·ing·ly, adverbun·a·mus·ing, adjectiveun·a·mus·ing·ly, adverbun·a·mus·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for amusing

1. charming, cheering, lively. 2. laughable, delightful, funny.

Synonym study

2. Amusing, comical, droll describe that which causes mirth. That which is amusing is quietly humorous or funny in a gentle, good-humored way: The baby's attempts to talk were amusing. That which is comical causes laughter by being incongruous, witty, or ludicrous: His huge shoes made the clown look comical. Droll adds to comical the idea of strange or peculiar, and sometimes that of sly or waggish humor: the droll antics of a kitten; a droll imitation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unamusing

Historical Examples of unamusing

  • Oh, just some vague, cautious slosh, not unamusing in its way—it'll get there all right.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

  • You have no society there, and here you have some—unamusing and tedious though it may be.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds

  • But though Fanny might forgive, she must have found it unamusing to forget.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • A microscopic, but not unamusing, social life was in full swing.

    Caught by the Turks

    Francis Yeats-Brown

  • A commercial courtship, as you express it, is not unamusing.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for unamusing



mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh
Derived Formsamusingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unamusing



c.1600, "cheating;" present participle adjective from amuse (v.). Sense of "interesting" is from 1712; that of "pleasantly entertaining, tickling to the fancy" is from 1826. Noted late 1920s as a vogue word. Amusive has been tried in all senses since 18c. and might be useful, but it never caught on. Related: Amusingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper