An example of bemuse is when you behave in an erratic or surprising way so that your boyfriend or girlfriend never understands what to expect of you.
transitive verb-·mused′, -·mus′ing
- to muddle or stupefy
- to plunge in thought; preoccupy: usually in the passive voice
Origin of bemusebe- + muse
transitive verbbe·mused, be·mus·ing, be·mus·es
- To cause to be bewildered; confuse.
- To occupy the attention of; absorb or engross: The book bemused him for days.
- Usage Problem To cause to be mildly or wryly amused: “Unlike William McKinley, whose priggishness bemused him, Roosevelt had no compunctions about smoking cigars in public” ( Joseph Conlin )
Usage Note: The word bemused is sometimes used to mean “amused, especially when finding something wryly funny,” as in The stream of jokes from the comedian left the audience bemused, with some breaking out into guffaws. Most of the Usage Panel does not like this usage, with 78 percent rejecting this sentence in our 2005 survey. By contrast, 84 percent accepted a sentence in which bemused means “confused.”
(third-person singular simple present bemuses, present participle bemusing, simple past and past participle bemused)