musing

noun

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 \-​lē \ 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

As the extemporaneous song grows, others join in with musings of their own, call-and-response style. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Tech Elites Recreate Burning Man Inside Their Living Rooms," 29 June 2018 Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, never ones to miss a chance to write separately, jumped in with short musings of their own. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court: Forget What We Said Before About Not Having to Pay Sales Tax Online," 21 June 2018 Such fun occurred on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday evening (September 26), as Bell indulged the crowd with what should've been Emmy-winning narration for an array of Trump's musings. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Kristen Bell Reading Donald Trump's Tweets Like Gossip Girl Is Getting Me Through Today," 27 Sep. 2018 At one point during his tenure, Ross drew criticism for overly casual Twitter musings. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Alec Ross: Tech guru sets his sights on new horizon, becoming Maryland governor," 12 June 2018 In the hands of a less masterful writer, this device could have come across more caricature, but McEwan delivers a modern-day version of Hamlet's metaphysical musings. Liz Matthews, Town & Country, "Ian McEwan's 'Nutshell' is a Modern-Day 'Hamlet'," 28 Sep. 2016 Race caller and all-around good guy Matt Dinerman is our host to previews and other musings. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Count Fleet comes in at No. 4 in Triple Crown ratings," 7 June 2018 Though neither are writing their verses for Instagram specifically, these concise musings do fit perfectly on the platform. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Don't Call Them Instagram Poets," 3 May 2018 Kessel captures the emotional undercurrents of the Bennet family with warmth and tart wit, as well as relaying the bitter musings of the Creature and the almost crippling anxiety that afflicts Frankenstein. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new science fiction and fantasy books, March 18," 14 Mar. 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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The first known use of musing was in the 14th century

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