stupefy

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to make stupid, groggy, or insensible
2
stupefyingly adverb

Example Sentences

stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because he missed the qualifying age by two days
Recent Examples on the Web Not long after the bell sounded, Mr. Inoki flung himself to the mat and proceeded to crawl and kick Ali, a strategy that appeared to stupefy his opponent. Alex Traub, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2022 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, chicagotribune.com, 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stupefy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stupefy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupefy. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

stupefy

verb

stu·​pe·​fy ˈst(y)ü-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce stupefy (audio)
stupefied; stupefying
1
: astonish, bewilder
the strange sight stupefied the crowd
2
: to make stupid, groggy, or numb
stupefied by the huge meal

Medical Definition

stupefy

transitive verb

stu·​pe·​fy ˈst(y)ü-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce stupefy (audio)
stupefied; stupefying
: to make stupid, groggy, or insensible
stupefied by anesthesia

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