bemused

adjective be·mused \ bi-ˈmyüzd , bē- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

bemusedly

play \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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First Known Use of bemused

1734



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