gobsmacked

adjective
gob·​smacked | \ ˈgäb-ˌsmakt How to pronounce gobsmacked (audio) \

Definition of gobsmacked

chiefly British, informal
: overwhelmed with wonder, surprise, or shock : astounded Several minutes later I touch the bottom, pleased to discover that Louise—despite all her experience exploring caves elsewhere in the world—is as gobsmacked as I am. "This place is huge, and daylit," she says, her face glazed with awe.— Gregory Crouch Thus, when the cell-phone video surfaced, fashion insiders were so gobsmacked that to this day they'll tell you where they were when they first heard about it.— Ingrid Sischy

Examples of gobsmacked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everyone, including the Israeli delegation, looked gobsmacked. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gobsmacked

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gobsmacked

gob entry 2 + smack entry 4 + -ed entry 1

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“Gobsmacked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobsmacked. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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gobsmacked

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of gobsmacked

British, informal : very surprised or shocked

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