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 musingly (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 True to form, much of the musing ventured away from root causes. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms," 28 Jan. 2020 And, 2) The musings and ponderings of me, Mike Oliver. Mike Oliver |, al, "From Joe Cocker to Kerri Kasem to ‘Mean People,’ here are the most popular My Vinyl Countdown posts," 28 Sep. 2019 Thousands of people, including the actor Roseanne Barr, believe or acknowledge Q’s uncorroborated musings, which started on the controversial message board 4chan. Time, "Conspiracy Theories Can Have Dangerous Consequences. Here’s Why Experts Say We Cannot Ignore Them," 15 Aug. 2019 These conversations are usually chalked up to being simple generational differences, or the musings of music enthusiasts, or even just a matter of taste. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 Tensions between Blumberg and his co-founder, Matt Lieber, radiate in interviews with Gimlet producers, and Blumberg records his own anxious musings during bouts of insomnia. Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, "The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 No longer would the brilliant musings of your budding college mind be confined to the pages of a five-page, double-spaced term paper! Heidi Stevens,, "Column: Backlash against The Daily Northwestern’s apology editorial is a better lesson than anything that happens in a college classroom," 6 Nov. 2019 That is one of the musings of chemists at New York University who came across an insecticide that had been developed by German scientists during World War II in the course of conducting abstract research on another topic. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Nazi Version of DDT Was Forgotten. Could It Help Fight Malaria?," 17 Oct. 2019 There, researchers discovered the 350-year-old theological musings of Locke. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "A mystery centuries in the making is solved amid the rare books at St. John’s College," 19 Sep. 2019

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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