flabbergast

verb
flab·ber·gast | \ˈfla-bər-ˌgast \
flabbergasted; flabbergasting; flabbergasts

Definition of flabbergast 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from flabbergast

flabbergastingly \ˈfla-bər-ˌga-stiŋ-lē \ adverb

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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

Examples of flabbergast in a Sentence

It flabbergasts me to see how many people still support them. your decision to suddenly quit your job flabbergasts me

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Seeing Dracula flabbergasted makes for plenty of fun because Sandler has a way of making his voice sound both commanding and confused. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 Seeing Dracula flabbergasted makes for plenty of fun because Sandler has a way of making his voice sound both commanding and confused. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 Here are all the major moments leading up to June’s flabbergasting choice. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Health officials and government representatives were flabbergasted in May when the U.S. delegation threatened trade measures in an effort to water down parts of the World Health Assembly resolution. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Why breastfeeding is best, despite that Trump administration uproar," 9 July 2018 The wife is flabbergasted at Emily’s lack of concern at her rapist keeling over dead, which goes to show how unnatural Gilead is. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 Reached this week, Barwig said she was flabbergasted that Obrecht's name was on it. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "His namesake bridge cost $2M but carries only hikers and bikers," 1 June 2018 For three such respected DOJ attorneys to do so simultaneously—just hours before a major filing, and without replacement by any other career lawyers other than a rookie—is simply flabbergasting. CNN, "DOJ attorney resigns after Justice stops defending key Obamacare provisions," 12 June 2018 Some people who live downstream are flabbergasted that the city would allow it after Clear Creek swallowed sections of town, with about 2,400 homes taking on damage citywide. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "After Hurricane Harvey, Friendswood residents shocked by plan to build shopping center in floodway," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of flabbergast

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flabbergast

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The first known use of flabbergast was in 1772

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More Definitions for flabbergast

flabbergast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flabbergast

: to shock or surprise (someone) very much

flabbergast

verb
flab·ber·gast | \ˈfla-bər-ˌgast \
flabbergasted; flabbergasting

Kids Definition of flabbergast

: to greatly surprise : astonish

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