verb dumb·found \ˌdəm-ˈfand, ˈdəm-ˌ\

Definition of DUMBFOUND

transitive verb
:  to confound briefly and usually with astonishment
dumb·found·ing·ly \ˌdəm-ˈfan-diŋ-lē, ˈdəm-ˌfan-\ adverb

Variants of DUMBFOUND

dumb·found also dum·found \ˌdəm-ˈfand, ˈdəm-ˌ\

Examples of DUMBFOUND

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


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>.
DUMFOUND Defined for Kids


verb dumb·found \ˌdəm-ˈfand\

Definition of DUMBFOUND for Kids

:  to make speechless with surprise


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