amus·​ing ə-ˈmyü-ziŋ How to pronounce amusing (audio)
: giving amusement : diverting
amusing twists to the story
amusing gadgets to play with
an amusing performance
amusingly 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 Like much of Wilderness, pondering this starts off amusing and becomes less so. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 So the rest of the plan — Elora, Cheese, and Jackie cutting the phone lines, White Steve and Bone Thug Dog providing a distraction by suiting up(*) and asking for a tour of the facility, etc. — turns out to be a lot of wasted, if amusing, energy. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 An amusing part of the documentary focuses on how that brother-v.-brother matchup temporarily threw their mother, Donna, into the center of the media universe. Brian Lowry, CNN, 12 Sep. 2023 Earlier this summer, Prince William said one such amusing anecdote about his grandfather completely made sense while visiting Northern Ireland. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 He has been called out by both the political Left and Right, but the singer-songwriter told Rogan that all the guessing about his life has been amusing to watch. Luke Gentile, Washington Examiner, 30 Aug. 2023 Sonically and visually, the Houston rapper has made a name for himself online for being silly and putting an equally amusing spin on the early 2000s southern rap aesthetic via big and tall tees, oversized jeans/shorts and doing classic dances that defined that time period. Cydney Lee, Billboard, 5 Sep. 2023 For players, there’s nothing amusing about somebody running onto the field. Peter Abraham,, 2 Sep. 2023 The nonfiction hits even harder, covering the stigma of mental illness, the trouble with school reform, the history of a mass-shooting weapon and — in what passes for a palate cleanser these days — an amusing case of mistaken identity that leads to an indictment of our twisted politics. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


from present participle of amuse

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amusing was in 1676

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“Amusing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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