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 \ -​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.

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Others regard the fluid experiment as an amusing demo that says nothing about black holes or their central mystery. Quanta Magazine, "Philosophers Debate New ‘Sonic Black Hole’ Discovery," 30 June 2019 The rest of the judges found the whole thing to be amusing as well. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Accuse "Tequila" Karaoke Singer of “Stealing” Andy Kaufman's Bit," 19 June 2019 In Knightsbridge his life revolved round amusing dinner parties, theatre reviewing and quiet acts of charity. The Economist, "Obituary: Claus von Bülow died on May 25th," 15 June 2019 Lucky for you a Redditor has stumbled across an amusing little text adventure that's baked into the background code of Google's iconic homepage. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play the Text Adventure Hidden in Google's Homepage," 1 Oct. 2018 The creator of more than one hundred works—from a wealth of darkly hilarious books to the animated opening sequence of the PBS television series Mystery!—Gorey was a master of the amusing, the strange, and the unexpected. The Reader's Catalog, "Edward Gorey “Life is Sweet” Sterling Silver Pin," 17 June 2019 Needless to say, the conversation could have gone in several dozen directions, all amusing and — now as then — a welcome respite from the Giants’ current plight. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Ex-Giants pitcher ‘The Count’ still talks a good game; why he thinks former teammate Bruce Bochy might not retire," 6 June 2019 The movie identifies solutions to fashion’s environmental and humanitarian problems in an irreverent and amusing manner. Natalie Nudell, Vogue, "Beneath the American Museum of Natural History’s Big Blue Whale, Fashion’s Finest Attended the Sustainability-Themed FIT Gala," 5 Apr. 2019 Maybe the amusing moment will inspire Blake to pop the question to his girlfriend, and former Voice coach, Gwen Stefani on the singing competition!? Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "A 'Voice' Contestant Proposed to His Girlfriend on Air and It Got Hilariously Awkward," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of amusing

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amusing

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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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