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bemused

[bih-myoozd] /bɪˈmyuzd/
adjective
1.
bewildered or confused.
2.
lost in thought; preoccupied.
Origin of bemused
1695-1705
1695-1705; bemuse + -ed2
Related forms
bemusedly
[bih-myoo-zid-lee] /bɪˈmyu zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
unbemused, adjective

bemuse

[bih-myooz] /bɪˈmyuz/
verb (used with object), bemused, bemusing.
1.
to bewilder or confuse (someone).
Origin
1695-1705; be- + muse
Related forms
bemusement, noun
Can be confused
amuse, bemuse (see synonym study at amuse)
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  • She scarce listened, for at first she was bemused by two thoughts.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • M'Clare says in a bemused sort of way He will be thirty-seven in a couple of months.

    The Lost Kafoozalum Pauline Ashwell
  • His passions were aflame, and his bemused brain was incapable of reckoning cost.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • She was amazed, bemused—deep down in her heart there was a great fear.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • The effect of his potations was still upon him, and his mind was bemused.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for bemused

bemused

/bɪˈmjuːzd/
adjective
1.
preoccupied; lost in thought
Derived Forms
bemusedly (bɪˈmjuːzɪdlɪ) adverb

bemuse

/bɪˈmjuːz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to confuse; bewilder
Derived Forms
bemusement, noun
bemusing, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bemused
adj.

1735, past participle adjective from bemuse (v.). Related: Bemusedly.

bemuse

v.

"to make utterly confused," from be- + muse (cf. amuse); attested from 1735 but probably older, as Pope (1705) punned on it as "devoted utterly to the Muses."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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