flabbergast

verb flab·ber·gast \ ˈfla-bər-ˌgast \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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.

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

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Origin and Etymology of flabbergast

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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

verb

Definition of flabbergast for English Language Learners

  • : to shock or surprise (someone) very much


FLABBERGAST Defined for Kids

flabbergast

verb flab·ber·gast \ ˈfla-bər-ˌgast \

Definition of flabbergast for Students

flabbergasted; flabbergasting
:to greatly surprise :astonish


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