Still, it is the small numbers that amuse me the most...and make me wonder.
The purpose of art,” Bemelmans once said, “is to console and amuse—myself, and, I hope, others.
His masters would then amuse themselves by pelting him with bones.
It is quite extensive and the gasps from both women (for size) and men (for price) are bound to amuse.
The Embassy produced a short video in advance of the trip, which, in the spirit of our times, is meant to both inform and amuse.
They are not written simply to amuse, but have a graver purpose.
Novels are taken up to amuse the vacant hour—in this consists their use.
But he is so accustomed to them; it is all the same to him what those women are, provided they amuse him.
This Mr. Fleurant and Mr. Purgon amuse themselves finely with your body.
Everyone seems to hate me, and yet I was intended to amuse people.
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.