- Someone who amuses.
- (historical, early 19th century) One of a class of rogues who carry snuff or dust in their pockets, which they throw into the eyes of people so as to enable their accomplices to rob them while pretending to help them.
From amuse + -er.
Variant 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