amusing


amusing
amusingly, adv.amusingness, n.
/euh myooh"zing/, adj.
1. pleasantly entertaining or diverting: an amusing speaker.
2. causing laughter or mirth; humorously entertaining: an amusing joke.
[1590-1600; AMUSE + -ING2]
Syn. 1. charming, cheering, lively. 2. laughable, delightful, funny. AMUSING, COMICAL, DROLL describe that which causes mirth. That which is AMUSING is quietly humorous or funny in a gentle, good-humored way: The baby's attempts to talk were amusing. That which is COMICAL causes laughter by being incongruous, witty, or ludicrous: His huge shoes made the clown look comical. DROLL adds to COMICAL the idea of strange or peculiar, and sometimes that of sly or waggish humor: the droll antics of a kitten; a droll imitation.

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