dumbfound

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verb dumb·found \ ˌdəm-ˈfau̇nd , ˈdəm-ˌ \
variants: or less commonly dumfound

Definition of dumbfound

transitive verb
:to confound (see confound 5) briefly and usually with astonishment
  • were dumbfounded at what they saw

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

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Origin and Etymology of dumbfound

dumb + -found (as in confound)

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

dumbfounded; dumbfounding
:to make speechless with surprise


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