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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bemused mean? 

BEMUSED (adjective)
  The adjective BEMUSED has 2 senses:

1. deeply absorbed in thought
2. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

  Familiarity information: BEMUSED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BEMUSED (adjective)

Sense 1bemused [BACK TO TOP]


Deeply absorbed in thought


bemused; deep in thought; preoccupied; lost

Context examples:

as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class / lost in thought / a preoccupied frown


thoughtful (exhibiting or characterized by careful thought)

Sense 2bemused [BACK TO TOP]


Perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment


at sea; baffled; bewildered; confounded; confused; mixed-up; mazed; befuddled; bemused; lost

Context examples:

obviously bemused by his questions / bewildered and confused / a cloudy and confounded philosopher / just a mixed-up kid / she felt lost on the first day of school


perplexed (full or difficulty or confusion or bewilderment)

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