musing

noun
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

musing

adjective

Definition of musing (Entry 2 of 2)

: thoughtfully abstracted : meditative

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Other Words from musing

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for musing

Synonyms: Adjective

broody, cogitative, contemplative, meditative, melancholy, pensive, reflective, ruminant, ruminative, thoughtful

Antonyms: Adjective

unreflective

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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

Bits of the Baker transcript have leaked, including a few explosive lines about the FBI’s musings over removing President Trump via the 25th Amendment. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "What FBI’s Counsel Told Congress," 21 Mar. 2019 His wonderful memoir, filled with grim details, reflects the quiet musings that war evoked in him. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 This mashup between a Jack Kerouac road trip and an Australian aboriginal walkabout may have just the right amount of weirdness to keep the former congressman’s millions of social media followers hanging on his every New Age musing. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Weirdness of American Politics," 23 Jan. 2019 There are no direct references to Davidson on the song but rather just general musings about how Grande is happy in her relationship. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There’s a Secret Message in Ariana Grande’s 'Pete Davidson' You Totally Missed," 10 Dec. 2018 Now, Google as a company tried to dismiss this journal story by saying well, these were only musings of junior officials and had to walk that back and admit some senior executives were involved. Fox News, "Media's Kavanaugh spectacle," 24 Sep. 2018 In an effort to anchor her studies in the quotidian, Ms. Gubar juxtaposes her literary musings with mundane domestic tasks. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘Late-Life Love’ Review: The Glow at Sunset," 22 Nov. 2018 As the extemporaneous song grows, others join in with musings of their own, call-and-response style. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Tech Elites Recreate Burning Man Inside Their Living Rooms," 29 June 2018 Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, never ones to miss a chance to write separately, jumped in with short musings of their own. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court: Forget What We Said Before About Not Having to Pay Sales Tax Online," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of musing

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for musing

Noun

see muse entry 1

Adjective

see muse entry 1

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