Definition of flummox
: 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
an actor who's easily flummoxed by any changes in the script
Recent Examples of flummox from the Web
Thus, both the cameras and the announcers in the booth were flummoxed by upsets in the men and women's 200-meter finals.
As a man flummoxed by circumstance and the rifts in his own marriage, Romano is deeply touching in the role.
Not even hostile, just sincerely flummoxed like no one had ever refused him anything before.
Either of the two flame-throwers will be a substantial change of pace from OSU sophomore Bryce Fehmel, who most recently flummoxed the Tigers to continue his postseason resurgence.
The Marlins, flummoxed all afternoon by Scherzer, broke up the no-hitter in the eighth and rallied for both of their runs in a 2-1 victory over Washington.
Those traps the Cavs' used against Curry to flummox him in Game 4 weren't nearly as effective on Monday night.
For her next act, Paltrow has attacked a professional challenge that flummoxes even the savviest mogul: building a sustainable, profitable, online media business.
Souza hit the ball high enough to interact with the catwalk and Brugman was flummoxed.
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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
First Known Use: 1836See Words from the same year
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