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dumbfound

verb dumb·found \ˌdəm-ˈfau̇nd, ˈdəm-ˌ\

Definition of dumbfound

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to confound briefly and usually with astonishment

dumbfoundingly play \ˌdəm-ˈfau̇n-diŋ-lē, ˈdəm-ˌfau̇n-\ adverb


Examples of dumbfound in a sentence

  1. <the surprise ending will dumbfound even the most seasoned mystery reader>



Variants of dumbfound

also dumfound play \ˌdəm-ˈfau̇nd, ˈdəm-ˌ\

Origin of dumbfound

dumb + -found (as in confound)


First Known Use: 1653

Synonym Discussion of dumbfound

puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve <the persistent fever puzzled the doctor>. perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision <a behavior that perplexed her friends>. bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking <a bewildering number of possibilities>. distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests <distracted by personal problems>. nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible <the remark left us utterly nonplussed>. confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement <the tragic news confounded us all>. dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound <was at first too dumbfounded to reply>.

DUMBFOUND Defined for Kids

dumbfound

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verb dumb·found \ˌdəm-ˈfau̇nd\

Definition of dumbfound for Students

dumbfoundeddumbfounding

  1. :  to make speechless with surprise





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