Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

muse

play
verb, \ˈmyüz\

Simple Definition of muse

  • : to think about something carefully or thoroughly

  • : to think or say (something) in a thoughtful way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of muse

musedmusing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become absorbed in thought; especially :  to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively

  3. 2 archaic :  wonder, marvel

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to think or say reflectively

muser noun

Examples of muse in a sentence

  1. I could sell the house, she mused, but then where would I go?



Origin of muse

Middle English, from Anglo-French muser to gape, idle, muse, from Old French *mus mouth of an animal, from Medieval Latin musus


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of muse

ponder, meditate, muse, ruminate mean to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter <pondered the course of action>. meditate implies a definite focusing of one's thoughts on something so as to understand it deeply <meditated on the meaning of life>. muse suggests a more or less focused daydreaming as in remembrance <mused upon childhood joys>. ruminate implies going over the same matter in one's thoughts again and again but suggests little of either purposive thinking or rapt absorption <ruminated on past disappointments>.

2

muse

noun

Definition of muse

  1. :  a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction



15th Century

First Known Use of muse

15th century


3

muse

noun

Definition of muse

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences

  2. 2 :  a source of inspiration; especially :  a guiding genius

  3. 3 :  poet



Origin of muse

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


MUSE Defined for Kids

muse

play
verb \ˈmyüz\

Definition of muse for Students

musedmusing

  1. :  to think about carefully or thoroughly :  ponder <She mused over what might have been.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up muse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of perception or understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

perplex disapprove reduce soothe
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ