flummox

[fluhm-uh ks]

Origin of flummox

First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for flummoxing

flummox

verb
  1. (tr) to perplex or bewilder

Word Origin for flummox

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flummoxing

flummox

v.

1837, cant word, origin uncertain, probably from some forgotten British dialect. Candidates cluster in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, southern Cheshire and also in Sheffield. "The formation seems to be onomatopœic, expressive of the notion of throwing down roughly and untidily." Never let it be said that the OED editors lacked imagination. Related: Flummoxed.

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