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Definition puzzled or confused

More rarely, someone who is bemused is a bit perplexed and amused by the same thing.
  • She was obviously bemused by his questions.
bemused = puzzled
  • She is bemused by the way he views the world.
  • bemused = puzzled
  • They all sat still, all bemused by the beauty of the thing, each mind was popped into the future when this lovely thing should come about.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • bemused = deep in thought
  • The five of us followed them to the checkout counter, and I watched in disbelief as the woman, seeming a bit bemused, took out her wallet and paid for Angel's bear.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • bemused = perplexed or confused
  • Amanda watched all of it as a casual observer might, a bemused smile lighting up her face.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • The expression on his face is one of bemused curiosity: these people are unfathomable, but then so are most.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • She shook her head in bemusement.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She looked from me to Petra, then slowly, bemusedly, back to me again.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • He let her go, his face soft, bemused with grief and amazement.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • To the bemused surprise of their American counterparts, they were forced to decline repeated invitations to the Pigeon's wardroom.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Clarke gave her a bemused smile.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He smiled up at the judge, bemused.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • A voice—familiar, cold, somewhat bemused.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • Mama indulged Madaline, smiling through her stories with a look of wry bemusement, but I knew she thought unkindly of her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "We'll have a house together some time," Aron said, bemused.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Jocelyn looked up, her expression bemused.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Two bemused-looking cats and three ragged crows picked themselves out of the dirt and watched him run past.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Tommy Ross was grinning bemusedly.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • She was watching me, a bemused little smile on her face.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Which was why he was looking at the Skil-Saw in his hand in bemusement.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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