\ə-ˈmyüzd \

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-ˈmyüz-əd-lē \ 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 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 Hahn always seems more amused than annoyed when asked about Abreu’s trade speculation but clarified one thing Tuesday in the Sox dugout. David Haugh,, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018 The Ant-Man films are even more amused by their own super-jokes. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Chick is a wacky little narcissist ping-ponging around the page; Fox is the fond, amused straight man. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 While they are revered by most in the Lower 48, many Alaskans look upon eagles with amused tolerance. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 These were largely forgettable and involved Scott’s stealing the Ant-Man suit from its original owner, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, back again, goateed and amused), one of those genius scientists who stir up good and bad trouble in Marvel world. Chris Mckenna, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Save the World! With Jokes!," 4 July 2018 But these 10 might leave you outraged, amused or just plain confused. 1. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of amused

1600, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2018

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The first known use of amused was in 1600

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