: 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
amusedly 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 Jackie Bray, the commissioner of New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, recalled her initial reaction as one of amused incredulity. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Since that fateful encounter, Daniels has serenaded a galaxy of stars, some more amused than others. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 The audience at the awards show itself seemed too stunned — and amused — to reflect on if people would care about the bit. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2024 The hilarious video, which was also posted on Instagram, garnered amused reactions from social media users in the comments section. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024 Al Pacino seemingly announced the 2024 Oscars' highest competitive category exactly how Al Pacino wanted to, thank you very much — a development that amused ceremony host Jimmy Kimmel. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 11 Mar. 2024 Many of those stereotypes eventually evolved into something more self-aware, ironic and amused. Mark Harris Keita Morimoto, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 My parents, too amused to be annoyed, gave me a little bit of money and told me to walk to the barbershop down the street. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2024 During a recent interview in New York, the actress looked amused when asked about being a national symbol. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amused was in 1728

Dictionary Entries Near amused

Cite this Entry

“Amused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amused. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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