stupefy

play
verb stu·pe·fy \ˈstü-pə-ˌfī, ˈstyü-\

Definition of stupefy

stupefied

;

stupefying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make stupid, groggy, or insensible

  3. 2 :  astonish, astound

stupefyingly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of stupefy in a Sentence

  1. stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because his missed the qualifying age by two days

Origin and Etymology of stupefy

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


First Known Use: 15th century


STUPEFY Defined for English Language Learners

stupefy

play
verb stu·pe·fy \ˈstü-pə-ˌfī, ˈstyü-\

Definition of stupefy for English Language Learners

  • : to shock or surprise (someone) very much : to cause (someone) to become confused or unable to think clearly


STUPEFY Defined for Kids

stupefy

play
verb stu·pe·fy \ˈstü-pə-ˌfī, ˈstyü-\

Definition of stupefy for Students

stupefied

;

stupefying

  1. 1 :  to make confused or unable to think clearly

  2. 2 :  astonish, astound


Medical Dictionary

stupefy

play
transitive verb stu·pe·fy \ˈst(y)ü-pə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of stupefy

stupefied

;

stupefying

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up stupefy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!