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

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Other Words from amusing

amusingly \ ə-​ˈmyü-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce amusingly (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 When his teams have struggled, his news conferences have been far less amusing. Ralph D. Russo, Houston Chronicle, "Mississippi State hires Mike Leach away from Washington St," 9 Jan. 2020 And thus began a healthy — and quite amusing — back-and-forth between Auburn’s two dominant defensive linemen, who have been attempting to one-up each other on the field throughout the season. Tom Green |, al, "Derrick Brown has 1 last chance in Iron Bowl to catch Marlon Davidson," 29 Nov. 2019 But far less amusing is the fact that House Democrats aren’t going to court to attempt to compel the testimony of witnesses close to Trump who have declined to appear, sometimes following orders of the White House. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Democrats need to serve subpoenas, not witty retorts, to counter Republican complaints about hearsay at Trump impeachment hearings," 14 Nov. 2019 At this point, deficits are almost amusing to the giant-slaying Collegiate boys soccer team. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Collegiate boys soccer comes from behind to roll past Bullitt East in state tournament," 23 Oct. 2019 While this soap opera world is hyperdramatic, shot in vivid colors that enhance its big emotions, the lives of the people who put it on are much more mundane though equally amusing. Kenneth Turan, Twin Cities, "‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ deliciously walks fine comedic line of Israeli-Palestinian conflict," 8 Aug. 2019 Based on the debate yesterday, the justices’ conferences about the case will probably be amusing and may require them to do a shot or two. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court takes on the Clean Water Act, whiskey flasks, and punch," 7 Nov. 2019 An uncommonly profound Andante and amusing Scherzo preceded a finale for the ages, a spinning wheel of musical perfection marked by poignant key changes and a sense that even Uchida herself had fallen under Schubert’s spell. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Pianist Mitsuko Uchida channels Schubert on sublime recital at Severance Hall," 4 Nov. 2019 In one moment near the end, Rudy -- faced with brutal reviews -- goes on a lengthy rant about how nobody cares what critics say, which is both amusing and amounts to a preemptive strike. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Eddie Murphy kicks off comeback with 'Dolemite is My Name'," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of amusing

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amusing

see amuse

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17 Jan 2020

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“Amusing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amusing

: causing laughter or enjoyment : funny or enjoyable

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