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1In a way that causes laughter and provides entertainment.‘his exquisite manners contrasted amusingly with our rude ways’as submodifier ‘he could always be relied upon to be amusingly pompous’
- ‘Realizing they can't overcome their own dialogue, they amusingly pitch their performances somewhere past the balcony.’
- ‘She reads the cookbook in French, and her husband amusingly translates for our benefit.’
- ‘They both did neat comic turns as the Devil, a role once amusingly danced by Baryshnikov.’
- ‘The actor bites amusingly into his slightly sinister role as a suspicious investigator.’
- ‘His memoirs amusingly depict the trade and the dealers and collectors he knew.’
- ‘This disclaimer amusingly manipulates the facts.’
- ‘He's watching, but also commenting from the sidelines in an amusingly cantankerous and sometimes doleful way.’
- ‘She entertains with an amusingly eccentric choice of songs.’
- ‘Boy meets girl, boy has initial fling with girl, relationship gets amusingly complicated, and boy finally makes up with girl.’
- ‘The way he escapes capture is amusingly campy and clever, and the fight scene is dizzying with an unexpected twist.’
2sentence adverb Used to express amusement at an event or situation.‘amusingly, all the people near me seemed also to come from Wollongong’
- ‘The show is a seminal work of the "girl fighting demons and monsters" genre, of which, amusingly, there have been many imitators.’
- ‘Amusingly, I'm not at all thin or particularly pretty.’
- ‘You can access nearly 100 downloadable images of his buildings and, amusingly, front and back views of the Pritzker medal.’
- ‘Amusingly, if you click on his profile, he states he's a software developer.’
- ‘Amusingly, it pinpoints the exact area which the name-caller is most anxious about.’
- ‘Amusingly, I thought for a moment that one of these three was hitting on the eligible bachelorette Miss Marple.’
- ‘In this instance, amusingly, it is anti-regulation conservatives who are crying "Big Brother."’
- ‘Somewhat amusingly, the onset of his passion for sugary foodstuffs coincides with his increased sex drive.’
- ‘Amusingly, right after I posted the above, the station said that Americans "woke up to the news."’
- ‘Amusingly, the story is not so much based on the original fairy tale as on the 1991 Disney version of the fairy tale.’
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