flab·​ber·​gast·​ed ˈfla-bər-ˌga-stəd How to pronounce flabbergasted (audio)
: feeling or showing intense shock, surprise, or wonder : utterly astonished
Every second person wore a blank flabbergasted expression, having just offered some gratuitous insult to a stranger, or, perhaps, received one.Myles na gCopaleen (Flann O'Brien)
That was the highlight of our career, when Vince Gill walked on stage one night and asked us to be the next members. We were flabbergasted, just speechless …Steve Wildsmith
But if the findings, published in 1996, surprised most scientists, recent research has left them flabbergasted.Sandra Blakeslee

Examples of flabbergasted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What you’re entitled to if your flight is delayed Aside from flabbergasted amusement if your trip is held up by a swarm of bees, you may be entitled to some form of compensation depending on the length and cause of your delay. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 4 May 2023 The staff’s flabbergasted reaction is an instance of the characters’ not so much breaking the fourth wall as routinely banging their heads against it. Niela Orr, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flabbergasted was in 1773

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“Flabbergasted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flabbergasted. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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