amuse


amuse
\ \ [15] Amuse is probably a French creation, formed with the prefix a- from the verb muser (from which English gets museponder’ [14]). The current meaning ‘divert, entertain’ did not begin to emerge until the 17th century, and even so the commonest application of the verb in the 17th and 18th centuries was ‘deceive, cheat’.
\ \ This seems to have developed from an earlier ‘bewilder, puzzle’, pointing back to an original sense ‘make someone stare open-mouthed’. This links with the probable source of muser, namely museanimal’s mouth’, from medieval Latin mūsum (which gave English muzzle [15]). There is no connection with the inspirational muse, responsible for music and museums.
\ \ Cf.MUSE, MUZZLE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • Amuse — A*muse ([.a]*m[=u]z ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Amused} ([.a]*m[=u]zd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Amusing}.] [F. amuser to make stay, to detain, to amuse, [ a] (L. ad) + OF. muser. See {Muse}, v.] 1. To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • amuse — [ə myo͞oz′] vt. amused, amusing [Fr amuser < à, at + OFr muser, to stare fixedly, MUSE] 1. to keep pleasantly or enjoyably occupied or interested; entertain [we amused ourselves with games] 2. to make laugh, smile, etc. by being comical or… …   English World dictionary

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  • amuse — index occupy (engage) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary


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