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 \-lē \ 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

Since the 2017 release of her debut album Infinite Worlds, a poetic half-hour musing on home and heartbreak that was recorded in friends’ scraggly New York City apartments, Tamko has risen steadily up the ranks of DIY rock. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "This Cameroon-born Musician Is Changing the Face of Rock—One Bold Lip Color at a Time," 8 June 2018 The aide said Tuesday that there are continued musings about a deal but that chances for an agreement were remote. Washington Post, "Congress lurches toward shutdown deadline with obstacles unresolved," 20 Mar. 2018 Gohmert picked up on Jordan's evidence-free musings that these accusations are a political hit job on him. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Jim Jordan has some powerful political defenders amid the Ohio State sexual abuse allegations," 11 July 2018 As with his neo-conservative politics, Brooks religious musings spring from a nostalgia for the consensus America of the 1950s. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "David Brooks needs a name for his new religion.," 13 June 2018 The documents also include the president’s musings about pursuing leakers and imprisoning journalists. Mary Clare Jalonick,, "In Comey memos, Trump talks of jailed journalists, ‘hookers’," 20 Apr. 2018 Puryear’s signs, with their musings about love, ego, and consciousness, spark conversations. Stephanie Farr,, "Old City busker promotes love with his signs and his sax, Miss Nasty | We the People," 3 July 2018 Over many years of being quirky and accessible in a largely humorless profession, Leach has managed to develop a cult of personality that enjoys his random musings on dinosaurs and pirates. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Mike Leach's tweet of an anti-Obama hoax showed why many schools won't hire him," 18 June 2018 Perhaps Trump would say putting it that way is unfair to him, but his public musings indicate a desire to diminish the seriousness of political corruption. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Floating clemency for Blagojevich, Trump diminishes the gravity of political corruption," 1 June 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near musing

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musique concrète



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