showing that you are confused and unable to think clearly synonym bewildered a bemused expression/smile She looked somewhat shaken and bemused by what had happened. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from be- (as an intensifier) + muse2+ -ed.Extra examples I was beginning to feel slightly bemused. Sarah looked totally bemused. He looked at me with a bemused smile. Her bizarre performance left the audience looking bemused. They seem slightly bemused by their fame.