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

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 initial reaction to the panel could be seen as a zillennial overreaction to the musing of old-timers reminiscing about their early days. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 The noise of the titular car, which rumbles in the background as Watari ferries Kafuku home from rehearsals, becomes a motif that amplifies the depths of his quiet musing. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2022 May, a founding member of the band, responded to the streaming milestone with a poetic musing. NBC News, 22 Dec. 2021 Yet, the designs remained finessed despite the street-musing: One loose, menswear suit in emerald had a silk foulard collar in lavender flapping out delicately from underneath. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 His second-in-command Grady (DeWanda Wise) doesn’t have a lot of patience for his existential musing, though, because there is weird stuff happening in Idabel. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Whatever the case, although Squid Game does plenty of post-apocalyptic musing about how humanity might behave under extreme conditions, the sense of collapse is different. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 And yet, as soon as guests had the chance to fall in love with the nostalgia of the 1890s, a pair of drainpipe jeans brought their musing to the 1990s. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 Mixing Glam Rock references from Westwood’s 80s heyday with historic musing and a tongue firmly in cheek, Kronthaler created 66 pieces of fashion mayhem and put on one of the most fun shows this Paris fashion season. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 See More

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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


see muse entry 1


see muse entry 1

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“Musing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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