Definition of bemuse in English:

bemuse

Syllabification: be·muse
Pronunciation: /biˈmyo͞oz
 
/

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective bemused)
Puzzle, confuse, or bewilder (someone): her bemused expression she was accepted with bemused resignation by her parents as a hippie
More example sentences
  • In cities such as Prague, expatriates were glued to televisions in bars, bemused locals looking on.
  • He is still bemused by the enigmatic arrival and departure of his illness.
  • Morris was contacted, and became increasingly bemused by the investigation.
Synonyms
bewildered, confused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, mystified, nonplussed, muddled, befuddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted
informal flummoxed, bamboozled, clueless, fazed, discombobulated

Origin

mid 18th century: from be- (as an intensifier) + muse2.

Derivatives

bemusedly

adverb
More example sentences
  • But he laughed anyway, and then bemusedly muttered ‘Oh, this is funny.’
  • ‘But you are the carrier company,’ I said bemusedly.
  • The parents in turn grabbed some food, had some nice Australian white wine, German beer, good conversation and bemusedly watched their kids race around.

bemusement

noun
More example sentences
  • All of these things cause my brain befuddlement, bemusement and general confusion.
  • IT is very easy to be snooty about the work of John Steinbeck who, to the bemusement of many, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
  • Asked to describe its colour, she replied ‘gosling green’, much to the bemusement of the locals.

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