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 \-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for musing

Synonyms: Adjective

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

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of musing in a Sentence


he was clearly in a musing mood, and did not feel like talking just then

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Though neither are writing their verses for Instagram specifically, these concise musings do fit perfectly on the platform. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Don't Call Them Instagram Poets," 3 May 2018 Kessel captures the emotional undercurrents of the Bennet family with warmth and tart wit, as well as relaying the bitter musings of the Creature and the almost crippling anxiety that afflicts Frankenstein. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new science fiction and fantasy books, March 18," 14 Mar. 2018 Ritzer used Twitter to connect with her students, posting both homework assignments and cheerful musings. Alana Levene,, "Scholarship fund named for slain Danvers teacher reaches milestone," 2 July 2018 But when talking to InStyle weeks before her Golden Globes speech sparked 2020 presidential musings, Winfrey was very clear that no one should get their hopes up. Colleen Kratofil,, "Oprah Winfrey 'Doesn't Take S---' from Anyone in Her 60s: 'There's a Sense of Calming'," 25 Jan. 2018 Since the 2017 release of her debut album Infinite Worlds, a poetic half-hour musing on home and heartbreak that was recorded in friends’ scraggly New York City apartments, Tamko has risen steadily up the ranks of DIY rock. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "This Cameroon-born Musician Is Changing the Face of Rock—One Bold Lip Color at a Time," 8 June 2018 The aide said Tuesday that there are continued musings about a deal but that chances for an agreement were remote. Washington Post, "Congress lurches toward shutdown deadline with obstacles unresolved," 20 Mar. 2018 Gohmert picked up on Jordan's evidence-free musings that these accusations are a political hit job on him. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Jim Jordan has some powerful political defenders amid the Ohio State sexual abuse allegations," 11 July 2018 As with his neo-conservative politics, Brooks religious musings spring from a nostalgia for the consensus America of the 1950s. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "David Brooks needs a name for his new religion.," 13 June 2018

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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


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musique concrète



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