amused

adjective
\ 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 amusedly (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 Samoylova was first seduced by Miami’s light and amused by its veneer—a city deeply invested in its own image. Monica Uszerowicz, The New York Review of Books, "Picturing Climate Crisis in Miami," 23 May 2020 Meanwhile, folks stuck in their homes found ways to stay amused. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus' swift spread causes further election uncertainty while Milwaukee sings and socializes -- from a distance," 29 Mar. 2020 Lumet enacted an amused, sporting attitude toward crime and criminals at the cost of ordinary citizens. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Three Ways of Looking at Dog Day Afternoon," 4 May 2020 President Trump compared himself to Abraham Lincoln while sitting feet from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., during a virtual town hall with Fox News, setting off a slew of alarmed, confused, or amused reactions on social media. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'He has debased the office': Trump sets off social media firestorm with comparison to Lincoln," 4 May 2020 My students were, however, quite amused at the barking, and soon order resumed. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How Pets Are Taking Their Thrones as the Stars of the Work-From-Home Paradigm Right Now," 13 Mar. 2020 Young marveled that Bryant could dribble behind his back while driving past defenders and became amused when Bryant spoke Italian with his father, Joe, who had served as one of Lower Merion’s JV assistants after playing professionally in Italy. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant's close friend, high school teammate reflects on what he meant to Lower Merion," 23 Feb. 2020 Dorman, a sometimes digressive storyteller with a redeeming knack for keeping one amused and amazed, is a historian at the University of Nevada, Reno. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 But while amused, passersby were appreciative, Keller said. Alicia Lee, CNN, "An Atlanta firm starts a toilet paper drive-thru to give away its stock for free," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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15 Jun 2020

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“Amused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amused. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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