Definition of nonplus
: a state of bafflement or perplexity : quandary … reducing the young man to a nonplus … — Leigh Hunt … appear to be at a nonplus … — George Borrow
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Origin and Etymology of nonplus
Latin non plus no more
First Known Use: 1582See Words from the same year
Definition of nonplus
: to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do : perplex nonplussed by the disclosure — Newsweek this turn of events nonplusses me — J. R. Perkins
Examples of nonplus in a Sentence
I was nonplussed by his openly expressed admiration of me.
Recent Examples of nonplus from the Web
So I was nonplussed when my mother bought me Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss, for my birthday this past spring.
Yet many EU leaders were nonplussed by May’s offer, saying there was a clear deal to leave such Brexit issues to the top negotiators, Michel Barnier for the EU and David Davis for Britain.
Wall Street analysts were as nonplussed as investors; none of the 30-plus sages who cover the company—
Entire settings are also cloned throughout the series, rehashed and remixed from one movie to the next, nonplussing everyone involved.
In one video clip, a female deer clearly rejects the macaque’s advances, while another shows the deer seemingly nonplussed by the monkey's actions.
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Don't Let nonplus Perplex You
Does nonplus perplex you? You aren't alone. Some people believe the "non" in nonplus means "not" and assume that to be nonplussed is to be calm and poised when just the opposite is true. If you are among the baffled, the word's history may clarify things. In Latin, non plus means "no more." In the earliest known uses, which date to the 16th century, it was used as a noun synonymous with quandary. Someone brought to a nonplus had reached an impasse in an argument and could say no more. Within a few decades of the first known use of the noun, people began using nonplus as a verb, and today it is often used in participial form with the meaning "perplexed" (as in "Joellen's nasty remark left us utterly nonplussed").
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