\ ə-ˈmyüzd How to pronounce amused (audio) \

Definition of amused

: pleasantly entertained or diverted (as by something funny) She seemed slightly amused by his explanation. : feeling or showing amusement an amused smile a crowd of amused spectators I had often heard him speaking to her in an amused, confiding voice …— Paula Fox

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Other Words from amused

amusedly \ ə-​ˈmyü-​zəd-​lē How to pronounce amused (audio) \ adjective
… she looked up into our curious faces and smiled amusedly and sweetly, as only a woman can smile … — Jack London

Examples of amused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Nick Cugini received a Facebook friend request from Stacey Chen, he was intrigued, and a little amused. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Around him were other protesters wearing yellow vests, communist militants wrapped in red scarves and a handful of amused students and curious retirees. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 In these scenes, and many like them, there is a dependable comic rhythm of jollity paired with sudden violence, and the inherent docility of the Muppets’ bodies allows viewers to observe this theatre of aggressive impulses from an amused distance. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2021 Oyeyemi’s way of conveying the upside-downness of human systems isn’t through the paranoia of Kafka or the dreaminess of García Márquez but her own amused, clear-eyed vision. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2021 Slick remains thrilled, and a little amused, that a group of musicians who came of age in neo-classical New Music have wound up collaborating with a songwriter as popular as Swift. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2021 My only game plan on this trip was to keep myself amused. J.d. Crowe |, al, 14 Mar. 2021 Two young women strolled in and sat at the table next to mine, looking at each other in amused silence before reaching for a few pieces. Globe Staff,, 4 Feb. 2021 Danish editions of her work often feature her photograph on the cover — her head cocked, a cigarette between her fingers, looking amused and conspiratorial. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of amused

1600, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2021

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“Amused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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