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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That’s what made the reaction to Wirtz’s quote more amusing than alarming. David Haugh,, "Rocky Wirtz on whether his words were a warning to Blackhawks: 'No, I wasn't sending a message'," 22 June 2018 Roosting chickens did not provide the week’s only wryly amusing moments. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “It’s All Coming Home to Roost”," 16 Dec. 2018 The verdict is out, but things quickly became less amusing when West brought up Drake's child, Adonis Graham. Marissa G. Muller, Glamour, "Now Kim Kardashian Is Involved in Kanye West and Drake's Feud: 'Never Threaten...Our Family'," 14 Dec. 2018 Someone had the amusing idea to build a small-scale replica of Smithson’s sculpture back on the shoreline with an arrow pointing to the original only a few feet away. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 To see the whole conversation, including an amusing story about his multilingual audition for Quentin Tarantino, watch the video below. Michael Ordona,, "With its attention to detail, 'The Alienist' puts its actors in a different time and place, says star Daniel Brühl," 25 May 2018 Such was the sentiment of Prineville resident Joe Martin, whose amusing story of winning a $30,000 scratch-it ticket was shared this month by the Oregon Lottery public-relations folks. Brad Schmidt,, "Oregon man who won $30,000 lottery ticket left speechless -- almost," 6 May 2018 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

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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 boil down or concentrate

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