bemused

If you're bemused, you're muddled or preoccupied. It happens when you're lost in thought, dazed, or overwhelmed (say, on the first day of high school).

Find the word "muse" inside bemused and imagine being under the spell of one of the muses of Greek mythology. You're so inspired to write poetry that you can't keep your mind on work or remember how to get home. Or think Wile E. Coyote, Sylvester, or another cartoon character staggering off with a vague smile after getting hit over the head by a frying pan and you'll grasp the meaning of a bemused expression.

Definitions of bemused
1

adj perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

“obviously bemused by his questions”
Synonyms:
at sea, baffled, befuddled, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up
perplexed
full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment

adj deeply absorbed in thought

“as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class”
Synonyms:
deep in thought, lost, preoccupied
thoughtful
exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

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