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 Brown’s yearlong train wreck continues; while fighting over helmets and arriving in a hot-air balloon might be amusing, abusing his children is not. Ann Killion,, "Marshawn Lynch’s advice resonates after Antonio Brown, Luke Kuechly news," 15 Jan. 2020 There were photos to peruse, songs to listen to, cases of instruments and costumes to gawk at (the most amusing item was a flipbook of Chuck Berry doing his walk). Jane Smiley, New York Times, "Jane Smiley on What St. Louis Tells Us About America," 14 Oct. 2019 Dabo Swinney was not going to let Washington State's Mike Leach get through this week with the most amusing press conference clip. Khadrice Rollins,, "Clemson's Dabo Swinney Says Fortnite and iTunes Are at the Heart of Football's Evolution," 3 Sep. 2019 Everything Old Is New Again The last and perhaps most implicitly amusing dimension to Disney+ out of D23 is increasing clarity about its approach to retooling and revamping classic catalog offerings. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What D23 Expo’s Newly Revealed Mega-Slate Tells Us About Disney+," 26 Aug. 2019 Oscar Wilde constructed one of the most dizzyingly amusing farces ever written. Jim Rutter,, "At Hedgerow: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (and, for this play, being youngish)," 6 May 2018 The other day a most amusing incident occurred at the office. Jessica Stahl, Washington Post, "‘Letters From War’: 1946-2017 – After (full transcript)," 3 Jan. 2018 Season 3 of the Late Late Show with James Corden spinoff is set feature a host of amusing and entertaining pairings from Kesha and Whitney Cummings to Fred Armisen behind the wheel with none other than Weezer. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Watch the Epic Trailer For New Episodes of 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' With Kesha, Weezer and More," 23 Jan. 2020 But while the always blunt and often amusing coach joins Alabama’s Nick Saban and LSU’s Ed Orgeron in that category, perhaps the most entertaining aspect of this news involves the program’s rivalry with Ole Miss, which recently hired Lane Kiffin. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The arrivals of Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin in Mississippi just made the Egg Bowl a must-watch rivalry," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Amusing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amusing

: causing laughter or enjoyment : funny or enjoyable

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