verb (used with object), be·mused, be·mus·ing.
- to bewilder or confuse.
- to preoccupy; engross.
- to cause to be mildly amused, especially in a detached way: Apparently bemused by his critics, he floated above the clamor surrounding the campaign.
- (tr) to confuse; bewilder
“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.”