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

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

The Basque sheepherders who toiled here from the 1850s onward left lonely musings carved into the region’s aspen trees. Sara Lessley, Los Angeles Times, "Hiking, birding and more on a weekend trip to Lee Vining," 1 Aug. 2019 Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, generally stay above the fray of the current White House occupant’s constant Twitter musings. Colin Campbell,, "The Obamas, David Simon and others come to Baltimore’s defense after Trump’s tweets against city," 28 July 2019 This being France, existential musings are also in order. The Economist, "A French cyclist may win the Tour de France," 25 July 2019 Through plenty of Skype calls and shared Google documents, Ross and London paved the way for what would eventually become Party Sally—a non-traditional greeting card company inspired by real-life musings. Sarah Cook,, "This local greeting card line tells it like it is," 15 July 2019 Of course, there is no proof to any of the above being true - just the musings and wittering of a West Ham fan irked by players who can literally hold a club by the nadgers and behave in any way they please., "Marko Arnautovic: A Toxic Talent Who Deserves the Footballing Oblivion Awaiting Him in China," 11 July 2019 The musings people jotted down in it more than 35 years ago showcase what was on Oregonians’ minds at the time., "Frank ‘The Flake’ Peters tried to win governorship one barfly at a time, gathered Oregonians’ worries in ‘sacred book’," 22 July 2019 His introspective songs came across as the musings of a troubled family member confiding his doubts and anxieties rather than the larger-than-life pronouncements of a rap entertainer. Greg Kot,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: 3 days of heat, rain and music rich in cultural diversity," 22 July 2019 Legitimate academic work about extraterrestrial life has to carefully separate itself from the musings of amateur scientists and conspiracy theorists. Diane Peters, Quartz, "The scientists searching for alien life aren’t very popular in science," 15 July 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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musique concrète



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