mus·​ing | \ ˈmyü-ziŋ How to pronounce musing (audio) \

Definition of musing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: meditation My musing and writings on this issue do not come from the groves of academe.— Herbert S. White



Definition of musing (Entry 2 of 2)

: thoughtfully abstracted : meditative

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Other Words from musing


musingly \ ˈmyü-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce musing (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for musing

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of musing in a Sentence

Adjective he was clearly in a musing mood, and did not feel like talking just then
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Space Force, however, was not merely a presidential musing. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "What happens to the Space Force after the Trump administration?," 15 Dec. 2020 On Facebook, there are more than 20 groups dedicated to buying, selling, trading or musing on all things Nugget. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, "Why are 200,000 parents desperate to buy this $229 couch for kids?," 10 Nov. 2020 This is philosophy not as metaphysical musing but as originally conceived by the ancient Greeks: practical, therapeutic medicine for the soul. Eric Weiner, WSJ, "Philosophy for a Time of Crisis," 27 Aug. 2020 Shannon Frid-Rubin — the ambitious 14-song collection veers between fiery ’90s fuzz-rock, bittersweet melodic pop and intimate, Stevie Nicks-ish gypsy musing. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis rocker Mary Bue is in love with the world (yes, despite everything)," 20 Aug. 2020 This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Dwayne Johnson rarely wades into political discourse, beyond his musings about running for president. Nick Romano,, "Dwayne Johnson speaks out against Trump in Black Lives Matter video," 4 June 2020 The team took extraordinary steps to embed in the community, to bring back tales of human trafficking and substance abuse as well as stories of hope, of people and their everyday musings. Staff, USA TODAY, "Gannett Announces 2019 "Best of Gannett" Award Winners," 27 May 2020 Trump, despite his unhealthy obsession with economic indicators and his dangerous musings about the need to end the economic shutdown as soon as possible, doesn’t seem to appreciate the importance of widespread testing to achieve his own goals. Ben Adler, The New Republic, "Bailouts Won’t Save the Economy. More Coronavirus Tests Will.," 13 Apr. 2020 Later, Swinger became the head of the Center for the Absorption of Federal Funds, and Greenberg collected his musings and advice in The Grant Swinger Papers, a 1983 book. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Daniel Greenberg, science journalism pioneer who shaped Science’s News section, dies at 88," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of musing


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for musing


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The first known use of musing was in the 14th century

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“Musing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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