Amusable



to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly; entertain or divert in an enjoyable or cheerful manner:
She amused the guests with witty conversation.
to cause mirth, laughter, or the like, in:
The comedian amused the audience with a steady stream of jokes.
to cause (time, leisure, etc.) to pass agreeably.
Archaic. to keep in expectation by flattery, pretenses, etc.
Obsolete.

to engross; absorb.
to puzzle; distract.

Historical Examples

Two’s always company for such a pair—the amusing one and the amusable!
Trilby George Du Maurier

She is wasted and thrown away upon such as are neither amusing nor amusable.
The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6 Various

adjective
capable of being amused
verb (transitive)
to keep pleasantly occupied; entertain; divert
to cause to laugh or smile
v.

late 15c., “to divert the attention, beguile, delude,” from Middle French amuser “divert, cause to muse,” from a “at, to” (but here probably a causal prefix) + muser “ponder, stare fixedly” (see muse (v.)). Sense of “divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of” is recorded from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary meaning was “deceive, cheat” by first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains more of the original meaning. Related: Amused; amusing.

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