flab·​ber·​gast | \ ˈfla-bər-ˌgast How to pronounce flabbergast (audio) \
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 How to pronounce flabbergastingly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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We are flabbergasted at the audacity of Todd and Chase Chrisley, who are more focused on attacking my client rather than defending themselves against the allegations of criminal conduct. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Todd Chrisley Celebrates Mom Nanny Faye’s Birthday amid Tax Evasion Scandal," 3 Sep. 2019 One of the things that always flabbergasts me is that issues like equal pay get framed as a women's issues, in that only women care about it. Meena Harris, Glamour, "It's Black Women's Equal Pay Day. No Matter Who You Are, That Should Matter to You," 22 Aug. 2019 Others were flabbergasted that anyone without kids would even want to brave the theme park crowds. Hannah Sampson, The Denver Post, "Are childless millennials ruining Disney theme parks? Debate erupts online.," 28 July 2019 After not answering anyone's texts all summer, Serena is flabbergasted, offended even, that people have come looking for her. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 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 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

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First Known Use of flabbergast

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flabbergast

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English Language Learners Definition of flabbergast

: to shock or surprise (someone) very much


flab·​ber·​gast | \ ˈfla-bər-ˌgast How to pronounce flabbergast (audio) \
flabbergasted; flabbergasting

Kids Definition of flabbergast

: to greatly surprise : astonish

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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