Amused



pleasurably entertained, occupied, or diverted.
displaying :
an amused expression on her face.
aroused to mirth.
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.

Contemporary Examples

One male representative was amused, suggesting that if the amendment passed, some airline stewardesses might be replaced with men.
The Truth About Title IX Karen Blumenthal June 21, 2012

He was peering at me over the top rim of those glasses, with an amused little smile.
You Better Not Cry Daily Beast Promotions November 30, 2009

After preparatory school in Illinois, Hay went to Brown University, where he amused men and charmed women.
The Battle over President Lincoln’s Legacy Tom LeClair February 7, 2014

I am amused by the idea that what people fear most is that their money will go to pay for sex changes.
No Free Sex-Changes For You! Noah Kristula-Green August 20, 2012

The audience laughed, but some conservatives were not amused.
Mitch Daniels’ Hamlet Complex Jill Lawrence May 8, 2011

Historical Examples

He said this in a tone of desperation which amused them all very much.
The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland

She looked up at him with an amused little smile, but did not move.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The face of the brilliant Diana was entirely devoted to him she amused.
Diana of the Crossways, Complete George Meredith

I bore it very well for a while, for at first it only amused me.
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

You know, the upper classes, most of them, want to be amused all day long.
Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne John Ruskin

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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