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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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

But then Ad Astra dropped a steady stream of visually stunning trailers that teased its potential to be a thrilling action tale, with doses of intimate and philosophical musings. Rachel Yang,, "First Ad Astra reviews say Brad Pitt shines in thoughtful, slightly familiar movie," 29 Aug. 2019 As with any interrogation of Trump’s random musings, there is no coherent and comprehensive worldview to be unearthed here. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Donald Trump’s Guide to Racism," 13 Aug. 2019 This is, actually, just the type of musing that Delaney’s 1.6 million Twitter followers have come to know and love. Lauren Daley,, "Rob Delaney talks Kelly’s Roast Beef, Logan Airport, and Twitter ahead of Boston shows," 5 Aug. 2019 Unlike a super moon musing or dismantling the science in a sci-fi movie, though, Tyson’s disregard for the nuances of human life and tragedy is wildly inappropriate. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Neil deGrasse Tyson tried to “well, actually” the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. It didn’t go well.," 5 Aug. 2019 To appreciate the entertaining personality of Robin, look no further than his Twitter account, which is essentially a treasure chest of random musings. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Twitter account of Robin Lopez, one of the newest members of the Milwaukee Bucks, is an absolute gift," 10 July 2019 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,, "Our favorite tweets from ‘Chance the Snapper’ and his fans," 16 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


see muse entry 1


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