flabbergast

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verb flab·ber·gast \ˈfla-bər-ˌgast\

Definition of flabbergast

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder :  dumbfound We were flabbergasted by the news that he had won the lottery.

flabbergastingly

play \ˈfla-bər-ˌga-stiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of flabbergast in a Sentence

  1. It flabbergasts me to see how many people still support them.

  2. your decision to suddenly quit your job flabbergasts me

Origin and Etymology of flabbergast

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1772

Synonym Discussion of flabbergast

surprise, astonish, astound, amaze, flabbergast mean to impress forcibly through unexpectedness. surprise stresses causing an effect through being unexpected but not necessarily unusual or novel. surprised to find them at home astonish implies surprising so greatly as to seem incredible. a discovery that astonished the world astound stresses the shock of astonishment. too astounded to respond amaze suggests an effect of bewilderment. amazed by the immense size of the place flabbergast may suggest thorough astonishment and bewilderment or dismay. flabbergasted by his angry refusal

FLABBERGAST Defined for English Language Learners

flabbergast

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verb flab·ber·gast \ˈfla-bər-ˌgast\

Definition of flabbergast for English Language Learners

  • : to shock or surprise (someone) very much


FLABBERGAST Defined for Kids

flabbergast

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verb flab·ber·gast \ˈfla-bər-ˌgast\

Definition of flabbergast for Students

flabbergasted

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flabbergasting

  1. :  to greatly surprise :  astonish



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