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

Stoddard, in the fog of his apocalyptic musings, made some predictions. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist," 19 Aug. 2019 Whatever the case, the texts cover some of the same territory found in 1913’s Swann’s Way, the first book in In Search of Lost Time, which follows a narrator’s memories of his life and childhood, and delves into his philosophical musings. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Nine Newly Discovered Proust Stories to Be Published," 6 Aug. 2019 Here are our favorite musings from the slew of Twitter accounts purported to be managed by the Humboldt gator ... and a few tweets from the gator’s fan base for good measure. Randi Shaffer, chicagotribune.com, "Our favorite tweets from ‘Chance the Snapper’ and his fans," 16 July 2019 The president’s public musings are clearly designed to undermine the Russia investigation and fortify those in his camp in their refusals to testify. Sean Illing, Vox, "Did Trump commit witness tampering by tweet? I asked 9 legal experts.," 3 Dec. 2018 Schrödinger’s cat arose out of his musings on the peculiarities of EPR entanglement. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 Oil prices have surged higher because of tensions in the Middle East, as well as President Trump’s public musings about withdrawing the United States from its nuclear deal with Iran. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Grumpy Investors Can’t Find Anything to Look Forward To," 24 Apr. 2018 This was at odds with what basically every other U.S. official has said over the past few months, so many hoped this was just one of the president’s meaningless public musings. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Hates ‘Arbitrary Timelines,’ Yet Gave Military 6 Months to Exit Syria: Report," 6 Apr. 2018 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

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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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