flabbergast

[flab-er-gast]
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verb (used with object)

to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound.

Nearby words

  1. fl.,
  2. fl. dr.,
  3. fl. oz.,
  4. fla.,
  5. flab,
  6. flabbergasted,
  7. flabby,
  8. flabellate,
  9. flabelli-,
  10. flabellum

Origin of flabbergast

1765–75; variant of flabagast (perhaps flabb(y) + aghast)

SYNONYMS FOR flabbergast
Related formsflab·ber·gast·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for flabbergasting

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

    Damn!|Henry Louis Mencken


British Dictionary definitions for flabbergasting

flabbergast

verb (tr)

informal to overcome with astonishment; amaze utterly; astound

Word Origin for flabbergast

C18: of uncertain origin

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