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flabbergast

[flab-er-gast]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound.
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Origin of flabbergast

1765–75; variant of flabagast (perhaps flabb(y) + aghast)
Related formsflab·ber·gast·er, noun

Synonyms

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amaze, astonish, stagger, nonplus, confound; perplex, confuse, mystify.
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Historical Examples

  • The trick lies in the tone-color—in the flabbergasting magic of the orchestration.

    Damn!

    Henry Louis Mencken

  • It's a flabbergasting coincidence, would make a cynic swear; but by Jove you've been reserved for good luck in the end.'

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mary Elizabeth Carter


British Dictionary definitions for flabbergasting

flabbergast

verb (tr)
  1. informal to overcome with astonishment; amaze utterly; astound
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Word Origin

C18: of uncertain origin
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