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museful +‎ -ly


musefully (comparative more musefully, superlative most musefully)

  1. In a museful manner, musingly, pensively.
    • 1885, George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways, London: Chapman & Hall, Volume I, Chapter 42, p. 276,[1]
      Diana’s face was clearly before him through the deluge; now in single features, the dimple running from her mouth, the dark bright eyes and cut of eyelids, and nostrils alive under their lightning; now in her whole radiant smile, or musefully listening, nursing a thought.
    • 1938, Siegfried Sassoon, The Old Century and Seven More Years, London: Faber & Faber, Chapter 4, p. 241,[2]
      He spoke more musefully, in a slightly higher-pitched voice, and appeared to be in no hurry to reach those definite conclusions at which his cousin arrived—somewhat long-windedly but always with the end well in view.
    • 2008, Bob Greene, When We Get to Surf City, New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, Chapter Fifteen, p. 200,[3]
      Phil, with his musefully mordant views of life, views he invariably expressed with not-a-consonant-wasted economy, could always make me laugh, even during moments that by all rights should make us shudder.