amus·​ing | \ ə-ˈmyü-ziŋ \

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 \ -​ziŋ-​lē \ 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.

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These are real questions from my eclectic mix of Twitter followers, who are passionate to the point of amusing and at times terrifying. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Twitter mailbag: Will Felix Hernandez pitch in the postseason if the Mariners make it? Cano to first base? And Magnum P.I.?," 9 July 2018 Some readers may find these touches amusing, but the humor generally falls flat. Paul A. Cantor, WSJ, "‘Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics’ Review: The Burden of History," 6 Sep. 2018 There happened to be a particularly amusing bit of context collapse buried in this whole saga. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas," 8 Aug. 2018 Something about this situation seemed to make Riley a touch uneasy — or, at least, to strike him as grimly amusing. Jonah Weiner, New York Times, "How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood," 22 May 2018 These two players have fine chemistry, and convey the incremental moments (amusing and serious) that draw this prearranged couple slowly together. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Taproot Theatre’s ‘Sweet Land’ features an appealing romance set amid xenophobia," 31 July 2018 Yoyogi Park Yogi Park is one of the most amusing parks in Tokyo. Davey Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do in Shibuya: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 All of the above might be far more amusing if the brunt of Bakker’s credulous cohort wasn’t composed of people of humble means. David Weiss, Newsweek, "Disgraced Preacher Jim Bakker's New Doomsday Pitch," 27 Mar. 2016 Along the tranquil shoreline of Hanoi's Trúc Bạch Lake, where, half a century ago, John McCain was pulled from the water with his parachute, there’s a humble little restaurant that McCain himself might have found amusing, if decidedly odd. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of amusing was in 1676

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English Language Learners Definition of amusing

: causing laughter or enjoyment : funny or enjoyable

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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