1. bewildered or confused: a bemused expression on his face.
  2. lost in thought; preoccupied.
  3. mildly amused, especially in a detached way.

verb (used with object), be·mused, be·mus·ing.

  1. to bewilder or confuse.
  2. to preoccupy; engross.
  3. to cause to be mildly amused, especially in a detached way: Apparently bemused by his critics, he floated above the clamor surrounding the campaign.


  1. preoccupied; lost in thought


  1. (tr) to confuse; bewilder

1735, past participle adjective from bemuse (v.). Related: Bemusedly.


“to make utterly confused,” from be- + muse (cf. amuse); attested from 1735 but probably older, as Pope (1705) punned on it as “devoted utterly to the Muses.”

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