muse [-s] n

Fr. < L. < Gr. μο Øσα < pre-Hellenic montya < Indogermanic root mon, to think, remember.

  1. Artistic power; deity of art; one of nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (= “Memory”); goddess who oversees one of the arts and sciences; source of inspiration invoked by an artist for creative assistance; [fig.] music maker; source of lyric poetic.

muse [-d, -ing] v


  1. Ponder; contemplate; to hum, esp. while idle or preoccupied.