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

SpaceX and Elon Musk have been in the news a lot in recent days, both because of financial disclosures and the rocket company founder's musings on Twitter about his current space obsession—the Big Falcon Rocket or BFR. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "What is going on with SpaceX and all these Big Falcon Rocket changes?," 20 Nov. 2018 Over the next two decades, The Coup put out five more albums, with ballads about pimps named Jesus and musings on ways to murder high-powered execs. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 Thought-provoking musings on writers Henry David Thoreau, William Somerset Maugham, Dame Muriel Spark, and others round out the wide-ranging collection. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 12 June 2018 In the days since, West has shared his thoughts and musings on a wide range of topics, including originality, his upcoming music, freedom of thought, and President Donald Trump. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Kanye West Suggested Slavery Was 'a Choice.' Critics Are Decrying It as Self-Promotion Gone Way Too Far," 2 May 2018 Bits of the Baker transcript have leaked, including a few explosive lines about the FBI’s musings over removing President Trump via the 25th Amendment. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "What FBI’s Counsel Told Congress," 21 Mar. 2019 His wonderful memoir, filled with grim details, reflects the quiet musings that war evoked in him. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 This mashup between a Jack Kerouac road trip and an Australian aboriginal walkabout may have just the right amount of weirdness to keep the former congressman’s millions of social media followers hanging on his every New Age musing. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Weirdness of American Politics," 23 Jan. 2019 There are no direct references to Davidson on the song but rather just general musings about how Grande is happy in her relationship. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There’s a Secret Message in Ariana Grande’s 'Pete Davidson' You Totally Missed," 10 Dec. 2018

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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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