- pleasantly entertaining or diverting: an amusing speaker.
- causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining: an amusing joke.
Origin of amusing
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Examples from the Web for unamusing
Oh, just some vague, cautious slosh, not unamusing in its way—it'll get there all right.The Limit
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
A commercial courtship, as you express it, is not unamusing.Ghetto Tragedies
- mildly entertaining; pleasantly diverting; causing a smile or laugh
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.