bemused

adjective
be·​mused | \bi-ˈmyüzd, bē-\

Definition of bemused 

1 : marked by confusion or bewilderment : dazed … he was fumbling with the sheets, and looking down at them with a slightly bemused expression as though the stuff before him was in a foreign language …— Robert Penn Warren

2 : lost in thought or reverie … as distant and bemused as a Professor Emeritus listening to the prattling of his freshman class.— Michael Straight

3 : having or showing feelings of wry amusement especially from something that is surprising or perplexing This is not another of those now popular books about a bemused outsider's sojourn in rural France, brimming with colorful locals and heart-warming anecdotes.— J. D. McClatchy

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Other Words from bemused

bemusedly \bi-​ˈmyü-​zəd-​lē, bē-​ \ adverb
Harry looked bemusedly at the photograph Colin was brandishing under his nose. — J. K. Rowling

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While the recent departure of Damien Delaney from Crystal Palace to Cork City is hardly a deal that will rock a transfer window, fans were left bemused as one club club decided to tweet their own farewell for the defender. SI.com, "Football Fans Left Confused as AS Roma Tweet the Departure of Crystal Palace's Veteran Defender," 9 June 2018 The post quickly racked up 2,700 shares and more than 100 comments from bemused followers. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Break-in suspect with huge face tattoo arrested after Facebook post goes viral," 21 June 2018 Walsh looked bemused; I was struck by a few pieces of flying lettuce — also good luck, according to one of the people in the lion costumes. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "At a McDonald’s of the future, Walsh sees Boston’s present," 20 Mar. 2018 Jagger-skinny, canvas bag slung across a worn camouflage T-shirt, a jaded and bemused expression with a hint of Humphrey Bogart. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "This is how I'll remember Anthony Bourdain: A Charlotte visit and an ash-tray incident," 8 June 2018 And at the very end, with the bearing of a bemused and skeptical uncle is Kenda himself, posing gamely with a young woman and her tiny dog. refinery29.com, "Murder, Mystery, & Crime Daddies: A Day At IDCon," 23 May 2018 Josh Stamberg is a laid-back, conflicted Arthur who seems bemused when life deviates from the script he’s written. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "The tragedy of Arthur Miller and the son he erased from his life," 31 May 2018 Saban seems to fall somewhere between bemused and mildly annoyed. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Alabama coach Nick Saban praises UCF but says that 'self-proclaimed is not the same'," 15 May 2018 The whole exchange is painful, from the bemused looks of those on-stage, to the audience rumbling as this whole sordid affair plays out. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Let this insufferable Q&A at a Westworld panel be a lesson to us all," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bemused

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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