nonplus

[ non-pluhs, non-pluhs ]
/ nɒnˈplʌs, ˈnɒn plʌs /

verb (used with object), non·plussed or non·plused, non·plus·sing or non·plus·ing.

to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.

noun

a state of utter perplexity.

Nearby words

  1. nonpersistent,
  2. nonperson,
  3. nonphysical,
  4. nonplayer character,
  5. nonplaying,
  6. nonplused,
  7. nonplussed,
  8. nonpoint,
  9. nonpoisonous,
  10. nonpolar

Origin of nonplus

1575–85; (noun) < Latin nōn plūs literally, not more, no further, i.e., a state in which nothing more can be done

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British Dictionary definitions for nonplused

nonplus

/ (nɒnˈplʌs) /

verb -plusses, -plussing or -plussed or US -pluses, -plusing or -plused

(tr) to put at a loss; confoundhe was nonplussed by the sudden announcement

noun plural -pluses

a state of utter perplexity prohibiting action or speech

Word Origin for nonplus

C16: from Latin nōn plūs no further (that is, nothing further can be said or done)

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Word Origin and History for nonplused

nonplus

v.

"to bring to a nonplus, to perplex," 1590s, from the noun (1580s), properly "state where 'nothing more' can be done or said," from Latin non plus "no more, no further" (see plus). Related: Nonplussed.

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