stu·​pe·​fy | \ ˈstü-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce stupefy (audio) , ˈstyü- \
stupefied; stupefying

Definition of stupefy

transitive verb

1 : to make stupid, groggy, or insensible

Other Words from stupefy

stupefyingly \ ˈstü-​pə-​ˌfī-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce stupefy (audio) , ˈstyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of stupefy in a Sentence

stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because he missed the qualifying age by two days
Recent Examples on the Web The larger and more populated Grand Bahama Island also took a direct hit from Dorian, leaving some areas destroyed and survivors stupefied. Kirk Semple, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2019 Trout has won it twice over the last five years, and his numbers are just stupefying enough to water down the generational talents that sit just below him on the list of the game’s top players. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 21 Sep. 2019 The watching world had been stupefied by trials in Moscow when foremost Communists pleaded guilty to crimes of treason they could not possibly have committed. David Pryce-jones, National Review, 22 Aug. 2019 Chestnut, 36, is regarded, and rightly so, as the king of stupefying stomach-stuffing. John Horgan, The Mercury News, 7 Aug. 2019 The set also felt Chicago, with a powerhouse band that included Sen Morimoto and Nnamdi Ogbonnaya (who teamed up for a stupefying set at Pitchfork 2018), lending that Chicago family feel that makes this’s city’s music scene so charming. Kevin Williams,, 20 July 2019 Later in the day, Turkish authorities were stupefied. Summer Said, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2018 In an episode of Marc Maron’s podcast that underlined how far the ground had shifted (and moved the ground even farther), Wong whipped out a breast pump during her interview and proceeded to stupefy the famous conversationalist. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 22 May 2018 The volume of debris hauled away by the litter brigades is stupefying: more than 70 tons in 2014 alone. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, 29 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of stupefy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stupefy

Middle English stupifien, modification of Latin stupefacere, from stupēre to be astonished + facere to make, do — more at do

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More Definitions for stupefy


stu·​pe·​fy | \ ˈstü-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce stupefy (audio) , ˈstyü- \
stupefied; stupefying

Kids Definition of stupefy

1 : to make confused or unable to think clearly


transitive verb
stu·​pe·​fy | \ ˈst(y)ü-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce stupefy (audio) \
stupefied; stupefying

Medical Definition of stupefy

: to make stupid, groggy, or insensible stupefied by anesthesia

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