Definition of bemuse in English:

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bemuse

Pronunciation: /bɪˈmjuːz/

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective bemused)
Puzzle, confuse, or bewilder: her bemused expression he was bemused by what was happening
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, stumped, mystified, stupefied, nonplussed, muddled, befuddled, fuddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, thrown (off balance), taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted, discomposed, troubled, discomfited, unnerved, shaken, shaken up, dazed, stunned, astonished, astounded
informal flummoxed, bamboozled, discombobulated, clueless, fazed, floored, beaten
Canadian & Australian/New Zealand informal bushed
archaic wildered, mazed, distracted

Derivatives

bemusedly

Pronunciation: /bɪˈmjuːzɪdli/
adverb
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with bemuse

abuse, accuse, adieux, amuse, billets-doux, blues, booze, bruise, choose, Clews, confuse, contuse, cruise, cruse, Cruz, diffuse, do's, Druze, effuse, enthuse, excuse, fuse (US fuze), Hughes, incuse, interfuse, lose, Mahfouz, mews, misuse, muse, news, ooze, Ouse, perfuse, peruse, rhythm-and-blues, ruse, schmooze, snooze, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, trews, use, Vaduz, Veracruz, who's, whose, youse

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