stupefy

verb
stu·pe·fy | \ˈstü-pə-ˌfī, ˈstyü-\
stupefied; stupefying

Definition of stupefy 

transitive verb

1 : to make stupid, groggy, or insensible

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Other Words from stupefy

stupefyingly \ˈstü-pə-ˌfī-iŋ-lē, ˈstyü- \ adverb

Examples of stupefy in a Sentence

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

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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, "Tig Notaro's New Netflix Special Finds her Content, Healthy, and Just as Funny," 22 May 2018 Between the Chiefs’ inexplicable mid-season clunkers and their stupefying postseason history of follies and futility, no one who follows this franchise could assume a diabolical trap door wasn’t waiting to spring open in the playoffs. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Another early exit: Chiefs find new way to write same old story," 6 Jan. 2018 The transition was less culturally shocking than stupefying. Kenny Herzog, Esquire, "Ty Detmer Never Needed Stardom, Anyway," 25 Sep. 2015 The volume of debris hauled away by the litter brigades is stupefying: more than 70 tons in 2014 alone. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, "Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japan," 29 May 2017 Time The campaign spokesman for Senate candidate Roy Moore was stupefied Tuesday when he was told that members of Congress do not need to be sworn in with a Bible when taking their oaths of office. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Roy Moore spokesman speechless after being told you don't need a Bible to be sworn in," 12 Dec. 2017 The volume of debris hauled away by the litter brigades is stupefying: more than 70 tons in 2014 alone. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, "Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japan," 29 May 2017 The volume of debris hauled away by the litter brigades is stupefying: more than 70 tons in 2014 alone. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, "Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japan," 29 May 2017 Hardly forgotten but still stupefying amid all of Toronto's celebrations was the key performance that allowed the club to clinch its Shield on Saturday: A hat trick? Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 30: Toronto Wins Supporters' Shield, Eyes Best Season Ever," 1 Oct. 2017

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

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stupefy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stupefy

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

stupefy

verb
stu·pe·fy | \ˈstü-pə-ˌfī, ˈstyü-\
stupefied; stupefying

Kids Definition of stupefy

1 : to make confused or unable to think clearly

stupefy

transitive verb
stu·pe·fy | \ˈst(y)ü-pə-ˌfī \
stupefied; stupefying

Medical Definition of stupefy 

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

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