- The definition of amuse means to appeal to someone's sense of humor.
To tell funny stories to entertain people is an example of amuse.
- Amuse means keeping yourself or someone else occupied in a pleasant manner, usually by doing or letting someone do something enjoyable.
To have children play video games in order to occupy them is an example of amuse.
transitive verbamused, amusing
- to keep pleasantly or enjoyably occupied or interested; entertain: we amused ourselves with games
- to make laugh, smile, etc. by being comical or humorous
- Obsolete to engage the attention of so as to deceive; delude; bemuse
Origin of amuseFrench amuser ; from à, at + Old French muser, to stare fixedly, muse
transitive verba·mused, a·mus·ing, a·mus·es
- To hold the attention of or occupy in an agreeable fashion: amused myself with a puzzle.
- To cause to laugh or smile by being funny: amused the crowd with jokes.
- Archaic To delude or deceive.
Origin of amuseFrom Old French amuser, to stupefy : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + muser, to stare stupidly; see muse .
(third-person singular simple present amuses, present participle amusing, simple past and past participle amused)
- 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.
- To cause laughter, to be funny.
- (archaic) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
- (archaic) To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.
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 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.