amus·​ing | \ ə-ˈmyü-ziŋ How to pronounce amusing (audio) \

Definition of amusing

: giving amusement : diverting amusing twists to the story amusing gadgets to play with an amusing performance

Other Words from amusing

amusingly \ ə-​ˈmyü-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce amusing (audio) \ adverb
amusingness noun

Examples of amusing in a Sentence

He's one of the most amusing people I know. It was amusing to hear her tell the story.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the most amusing visuals are long shots of people visible only as bobbing colors among the green and then completely disappearing from sight as the Israeli Nature Patrol arrives on the scene. Alissa Simon, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 One of the most amusing parts of this show in the past has been the creative ways that Villanelle kills. Lauren Huff,, 23 Feb. 2022 Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage also delivered remarks during the service, at one point telling an amusing story about a memorable encounter between Powell and a foreign minister from Sweden. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 5 Nov. 2021 The most amusing part of the staging is how a five-member chorus plays all the other roles in the story — from the waiter who wants to be a star to Aaron’s lady-killer best friend, from Casey’s nagging sister to her overly dramatic BFF. Matthew J. Palm,, 15 Oct. 2021 Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren were the most amusing examples of hypocrisy, since their home states of New York and Massachusetts don’t have 24-hour or drive-through voting and have fewer days of early voting than Texas. Karl Rove, WSJ, 14 July 2021 Of the three cars in this test, the $204,260 GT63 S—the most expensive by a large margin—offered the most amusing options and details. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2021 This is an amusing, if preposterous plan, and one that nevertheless earns points for originality. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 The idea that Gen Xers, my relentlessly scrutinized slacker generation, would come into their own amid Cold War 2.0 is morbidly amusing. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of amusing

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amusing

from present participle of amuse

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13 May 2022

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“Amusing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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