flummox

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verb flum·mox \ˈflə-məks, -miks\

Definition of flummox

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  confuse He was flummoxed by the legal jargon. a happy innocent who had been flummoxed by wily city slickers — Andy Logan

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Examples of flummox in a sentence

  1. an actor who's easily flummoxed by any changes in the script

Did You Know?

No one is completely sure where the word flummox comes from, but we do know that its first known use is found in Charles Dickens' 1837 novel The Pickwick Papers and that it had become quite common in both British and American English by the end of the 19th century. One theory expressed by some etymologists is that it was influenced by "flummock," a word of English dialectical origin used to refer to a clumsy person. This "flummock" may also be the source of the word lummox, which also means "a clumsy person."

Origin and Etymology of flummox

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1836



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