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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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 Some tech savvy bystander might have captured the episode and set it to an amusing track on YouTube. Ann Morgan, Good Housekeeping, "I'm Not Going to Be an Oversharer Mom," 30 June 2017 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

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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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What made you want to look up amusing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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