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

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The left field portion of Wrigley’s famous Bleacher Bums weren’t as amused. Mark Schmetzer,, "Top games in Cincinnati Reds history: No. 36 – 'Had 'em all the way,' nine-run comeback vs. Cubs," 19 June 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room – headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) – live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Thompson, Kaling drive ‘Late Night’ with brilliant chemistry," 14 June 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room — headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) — live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "In ‘Late Night,’ Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling deliver wit and surprising sweetness," 13 June 2019 Judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie found the moment to by hilarious, though Laine didn't seem too amused. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Fans "SCREAMED" Over Luke Bryan’s Joke About Laine Hardy," 13 May 2019 During a break in the meal, Cosentino was escorted upstairs into the crowded, clanging kitchen to take a place on the line, learning his way around egg custard buns amid fryers and steamers and an amused Tim Ho Wan staff. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 While Len and Carrie Ann seemed to be relatively amused with Bobby's impromptu move, some fans online were simply not having it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Shame Bobby Bones for ‘Disrespecting’ Sharna Burgess Last Night," 2 Oct. 2018 The amused therapist gets up to look out the window, and tells him that there is nothing to worry about. Adrian Chen, The New Yorker, "Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer," 8 Dec. 2014 Less crude than earlier books, there are still plenty of adult allusions to keep parents amused. Born in 1961, Mr. Griffiths was raised in Melbourne by his midwife mother and industrial chemist father. Clarissa Sebag-montefiore, New York Times, "Andy Griffiths, the Down-Under Kids’ Author Known for His Butt Jokes, Now Builds and Builds on His Hit ‘Treehouse’ Series," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of amused

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of amused was in 1600

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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