- to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
- to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
- to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish.
Origin of stupefy
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for stupefy
When he felt it whipping about in him, he drank alcohol to stupefy it and get some ease for himself.O Pioneers!
We had to stupefy them a little, since they had their swords, and I feared that they might resist.The Red True Story Book
If the old man had meant to stupefy his questioner, he could not better have succeeded.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
Consider the bringing to the Jove there news of such magnitude as to stupefy him!Diana of the Crossways, Complete
I was obliged to etherize it a little, so as to stupefy it, and render it less uneasy.The Insect
- to render insensitive or lethargic
- to confuse or astound
C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for stupefy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper