Amuse etymology


English word amuse comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) a-, Frankish *mōtōn (To be idle, at leisure, unoccupied.)

Etymology of amuse

Detailed word origin of amuse

Dictionary entry Language Definition
a- Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (by extension) indicating a change of state. Indicating movement towards something. Intensifying prefix.
*mōtōn Frankish (frk) To be idle, at leisure, unoccupied.
*muso Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin) I gape, idly stare. (Vulgar Latin) I idly wait. (Vulgar Latin) I leisurely wander (in one's mind).
muser Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To loiter; waste time. To ponder; to think about. To stare at in amazement.
amuser Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
amuser Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
amusen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
amuse English (en) (transitive) To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions.. (transitive, archaic) To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.. (transitive, archaic) To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.. To cause laughter, to be funny.

Words with the same origin as amuse

Descendants of *mōtōn