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 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 Fittingly, Paulson’s presence ups the affable and amusing aspects of the show with ease as the duo discusses her impressive career. Marc Hershon, Vulture, "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: The History of Sketch Comedy," 4 Feb. 2021 Luckily, both actors are pretty much up to the task and keep things both amusing and (somewhat) intriguing. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "WandaVision Recap: Use Your Illusion," 15 Jan. 2021 With quirky chance encounters and plenty of potential combinations of special abilities, followups, and items, there is enough novel and amusing content to keep combat engaging for the most passionate gamers. Julie Fukunaga, Wired, "Omori Is the Horror RPG of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)," 12 Jan. 2021 This was pop fandom in 2020: competitive, arcane, sales-obsessed, sometimes pointless, chaotic, adversarial, amusing and a little frightening — all happening almost entirely online. New York Times, "How Pop Music Fandom Became Sports, Politics, Religion and All-Out War," 25 Dec. 2020 From simple directional signage to creative uses of masking tape, giant teddy bears, and cardboard cutouts, there are countless clever and often amusing examples of how to convince people to keep a safe distance. Anne Quito, Quartz, "2020 is the year when the public learned how vital design is for survival," 23 Dec. 2020 Yes, some parts with the fumbles on punt returns and INTs in the end zone and a controversial finish to the first half were pretty amusing and downright fun for a mid-week afternoon. Andy Nesbitt, USA TODAY, "That Wednesday afternoon NFL game was the weirdest thing ever," 4 Dec. 2020 The Longhorns know it as well as their fans and don’t necessarily find the repetition amusing. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Longhorns looking to avoid more fourth-quarter drama ahead of matchup vs. West Virginia," 6 Nov. 2020 Morey's old tweets were brought to light again on Wednesday — though in much more amusing fashion for Sixers fans. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of amusing was in 1676

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18 Feb 2021

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“Amusing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amusing

: causing laughter or enjoyment : funny or enjoyable

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