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.
- 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).
(third-person singular simple present bemuses, present participle bemusing, simple past and past participle bemused)