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
Recent Examples on the Web The Most Reluctant’ When the president’s top advisers returned to the White House and learned what happened, they were flabbergasted. Peter Baker, New York Times, "An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran," 21 Sep. 2019 Teammate Gilbert Arenas, standing nearby, was flabbergasted. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Tim Roye: Voice of the Warriors for 25 years," 28 Feb. 2020 The decision to go to Geno Smith flabbergasted New Yorkers, who were accustomed to seeing the city’s sports legends handled gently as their careers waned. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "Daniel Jones named Giants’ starter as Eli Manning is benched," 17 Sep. 2019 While some expressed sheer dismay, others were flabbergasted by the prime minister’s actions. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson accused of hiding in fridge in order to avoid interview with Piers Morgan," 11 Dec. 2019 White House officials have been flabbergasted by Giuliani's performance on Trump's behalf, particularly his habit of revealing embarrassing information without so much as a heads-up to the president's full-time aides. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Trump backs lawyer Rudy Giuliani, but many close aides wish he would cut ties," 13 Oct. 2019 White House officials have been flabbergasted by Giuliani’s performance on Trump’s behalf, particularly his habit of revealing embarrassing information without so much as a heads-up to the president’s full-time aides. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump backs Giuliani, but some aides wish he would cut ties," 13 Oct. 2019 As a result, many, many people were seen seeming flabbergasted by Deepika’s tweet. Karthik Srinivasan, Quartz India, "Deepika Padukone needs to have a chat with her public relations team," 18 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of flabbergast

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flabbergast

origin unknown

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The first known use of flabbergast was in 1772

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flabbergast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flabbergast. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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