nonplussed

adjective non·plussed \ ˌnän-ˈpləst \

Definition of nonplussed

1 : unsure about what to say, think, or do : perplexed
  • She was nonplussed, but quickly collected herself, explained that the plumbing had been acting up for days, and told them to pay it no mind.
  • —Diane Ackerman
  • Cedric looked nonplussed. He looked from Bagman to Harry and back again as though sure he must have misheard what Bagman had said.
  • —J. K. Rowling
2 chiefly US : not bothered, surprised, or impressed by something
  • Employees took to the sidewalks, throwing T-shirts and 20 percent off coupons at the few people who passed by. Still, an H&M spokesman in New York was nonplussed by the lack of fanfare. Opening day varies, he said, from location to location. "It's only one day."
  • Saint Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press
  • For all his daring down the world's steepest hills, Sasaki is remarkably laid back off the slopes and nonplussed by all the sudden interest in him.
  • The New York Times
Note: The use of nonplussed to mean "unimpressed" is an Americanism that has become increasingly common in recent decades and now appears frequently in published writing. It apparently arose from confusion over the meaning of nonplussed in ambiguous contexts, and it continues to be widely regarded as an error.

First Known Use of nonplussed

1606

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NONPLUSSED Defined for Kids

nonplussed

adjective non·plussed \ ˈnän-ˈpləst \

Definition of nonplussed for Students

: so surprised or confused as to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do
  • She was nonplussed by his confession.


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