- (transitive) To confuse or bewilder.
- 1735 A parson much be-mus'd in beer. — Alexander Pope, Satires of Dr. Donne versified
- 1771 [With] fairy tales bemused the shepherd lies. — James Foot, Penseroso
- 1847 The bad metaphysics with which they bemuse themselves. — Hugh Miller, First Impressions of England and its people
- (archaic, humorous) To devote to the Muses.
- 1705 When those incorrigible things, Poets, are once irrecoverably Be-mus'd. — Alexander Pope, Letters
to confuse or bewilder
to devote to the Muses