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From Middle English amusen ‎(to mutter, be astonished, gaze meditatively on), from Middle French amuser ‎(to amuse, divert, babble), from Old French amuser ‎(to stupefy, waste time, be lost in thought), from a- + muser ‎(to stare stupidly at, gape, wander, waste time, loiter, think carefully about, attend to), of uncertain and obscure origin. Cognate with Occitan musa ‎(idle waiting), Italian musare ‎(to gape idly about). Possibly from Old French *mus ‎(snout) from Proto-Romance *mūsa ‎(snout) (—compare Medieval Latin mūsum ‎(muzzle, snout)), from Proto-Germanic *mū- ‎(muzzle, snout), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- ‎(lips, muzzle). Compare North Frisian müs, mös ‎(mouth), German Maul ‎(muzzle, snout).

Alternative etymology connects Old French muser and Occitan musa with Old Frankish *muoza ‎(careful attention, leisure, idleness), from Proto-Germanic *mōtǭ ‎(leave, permission), from Proto-Indo-European *med- ‎(to acquire, possess, control). Cognate with Flemish musen ‎(to leisure) Old High German *muoza ‎(careful attention, leisure, idleness), Old High German muozōn ‎(to be idle, have leisure or opportunity), German Muße ‎(leisure). More at empty.



amuse ‎(third-person singular simple present amuses, present participle amusing, simple past and past participle amused)

  1. (transitive) To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions.
    I watch these movies because they amuse me.
    It always amuses me to hear the funny stories why people haven't got a ticket, but I never let them get in without paying.
    • Gilpin
      A group of children amusing themselves with pushing stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as they plunged into the lake.
  2. To cause laughter, to be funny.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
    • Johnson
      He amused his followers with idle promises.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.
    • Holland
      Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in receiving their gold.
    • Fuller
      Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could not find the house.


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  1. first-person singular present indicative of amuser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of amuser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of amuser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of amuser
  5. second-person singular imperative of amuser