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 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 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, "The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”," 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, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 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, "Drummer Eric Slick Recalls the ‘Top Secret’ Recording Process for Taylor Swift’s New Song," 29 Mar. 2021 My only game plan on this trip was to keep myself amused. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "How I met Dr. Seuss," 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, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Addison, Yoko Ono invites you to look and please touch," 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, "‘The Copenhagen Trilogy,’ a Sublime Set of Memoirs About Growing Up, Writing and Addiction," 19 Jan. 2021 There may be a lot going on behind the scenes that will keep you amused and entertained. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 17, 2020: Aries, your charm draws people closer; Libra, connect the dots," 17 Dec. 2020 Lopez trended on Twitter Monday as people seemed both amused and bewildered by the announcement. NBC News, "Mario Lopez is Col. Sanders in KFC 'mini-movie' ad on Lifetime, reactions are finger lickin' good," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of amused

1600, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2021

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“Amused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amused. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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