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

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Other Words from stupefy

stupefyingly \ ˈstü-​pə-​ˌfī-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce stupefyingly (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, "On Dorian-Battered Island, What’s Left? Virtually Nothing," 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, "A’s shortstop Marcus Semien belongs in the MVP discussion," 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, "The Cold War of Words," 22 Aug. 2019 Chestnut, 36, is regarded, and rightly so, as the king of stupefying stomach-stuffing. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Joey Chestnut: A Silicon Valley legend of a different sort," 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,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: A dramatic day 2 brings disco, a marching band and matching outfits," 20 July 2019 Later in the day, Turkish authorities were stupefied. Summer Said, WSJ, "Turkey Adopts ‘Drip-Drip’ Tactic in Saudi Murder Case," 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, "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

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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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“Stupefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stupefy

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


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
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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