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dumbfound

or dumfound

[duhm-found, duhm-found] /dʌmˈfaʊnd, ˈdʌmˌfaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make speechless with amazement; astonish.
Also, dumbfounder, dumfounder.
Origin of dumbfound
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; dumb + (con)found
Related forms
dumbfounderment, dumfounderment, noun
Synonyms
amaze, confound, astound, stagger.
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Examples from the Web for dumfounded
Historical Examples
  • "You can see for yourself," he said grimly to the dumfounded magnate.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Captain Price was so dumfounded that for a moment words failed him.

    An Encore Margaret Deland
  • When that happened, the shock of it brought him abruptly to a dumfounded halt.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Frederick Augustus was so dumfounded, he could only grind his teeth.

  • All this took place so rapidly that the chevalier was dumfounded.

  • Why, you could have knocked me down with the kick of a gopher I was so dumfounded!

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • Pontiac is dumfounded and departs without giving the signal.

  • The testimony of this witness, so different from what they had expected, had dumfounded them.

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil
  • The poor creature was dumfounded; she had not foreseen the difficulty.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • dumfounded for the moment, he did not see how he could take it.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for dumfounded

dumbfound

/dʌmˈfaʊnd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to strike dumb with astonishment; amaze
Word Origin
C17: from dumb + (con)found
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Word Origin and History for dumfounded

dumbfound

v.

1650s, from dumb (adj.) + ending from confound.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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