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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Definitions for gobsmacked

  1. Chiefly British Informal. utterly astounded; astonished.

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Citations for gobsmacked
“These candidates are very well prepped,” [Baker] says. “They are two self-possessed people, so the idea that one of them will blurt out some awful indiscretion or appear to be gobsmacked by the other is really unlikely.” Katharine Q. Seelye, "What to Look for in Tonight's Debate," New York Times, September 26, 2008
We were too young, too gobsmacked by Star Wars and Saturday Night Live and snow forts and thunderstorms to notice the dalliances that led to the rifts. Patton Oswalt, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, 2011
Origin of gobsmacked
Gobsmacked sounds like a word out of Chaucer or a Shakespearean comedy. It is not: gobsmacked is originally and still chiefly British slang dating only from the mid-20th century.