mus·​ing | \ ˈmyü-ziŋ \

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 \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For a little while, Rosenstein was able to cast off the worries of overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the occasional public musings from President Trump about whether to fire him. Mark Sherman,, "Rosenstein puts aside Russia inquiry to argue case at Supreme Court," 23 Apr. 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 Such fun occurred on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday evening (September 26), as Bell indulged the crowd with what should've been Emmy-winning narration for an array of Trump's musings. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Kristen Bell Reading Donald Trump's Tweets Like Gossip Girl Is Getting Me Through Today," 27 Sep. 2018 At one point during his tenure, Ross drew criticism for overly casual Twitter musings. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Alec Ross: Tech guru sets his sights on new horizon, becoming Maryland governor," 12 June 2018 In the hands of a less masterful writer, this device could have come across more caricature, but McEwan delivers a modern-day version of Hamlet's metaphysical musings. Liz Matthews, Town & Country, "Ian McEwan's 'Nutshell' is a Modern-Day 'Hamlet'," 28 Sep. 2016 Race caller and all-around good guy Matt Dinerman is our host to previews and other musings. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Count Fleet comes in at No. 4 in Triple Crown ratings," 7 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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Dictionary Entries near musing

music wire




musique concrète



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