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amusing

[ uh-myoo-zing ]SEE DEFINITION OF amusing

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AMUSING

The husband in my case was to be an inconvenience, but doubtless an amusing one.

It is amusing to read Tarleton's pompous account of this pursuit.

The girl was amusing enough, and, indeed, a most likable person at her best.

I felt as if I were amusing a nice boy; he hardly came to my shoulder.

And now I have told you almost all that is amusing or instructive in the childhood of Christina.

The company at the table d'hte of the Trois Maures was varied and amusing.

An amusing anecdote is imputed to his sister, Mrs. Homer Page, of Milan.

I shall only look on, and then—Rachel and I have an amusing plan for the end of the evening.

This Gowan had plenty to say for himself, and said it in an off-hand and amusing manner.

And besides, there are lots of amusing people there, I expect.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "cheating;" present participle adjective from amuse (v.). Sense of "interesting" is from 1712; that of "pleasantly entertaining, tickling to the fancy" is from 1826. Noted late 1920s as a vogue word. Amusive has been tried in all senses since 18c. and might be useful, but it never caught on. Related: Amusingly.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AMUSING

funer

adjectivegood, happy
  • amusing
  • boisterous
  • convivial
  • diverting
  • enjoyable
  • entertaining
  • lively
  • merry
  • pleasant
  • witty
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