flabbergast (flabbergasts, present participle flabbergasting; past and past participle flabbergasted)
- (transitive) To overwhelm with bewilderment; to amaze, confound, or stun, especially in a ludicrous manner. [from late 18th c.]
- Synonyms: flabbergaster, Thesaurus:surprise#Verb
- He was flabbergasted to find that his work had been done for him before he began.
- Her stupidity flabbergasts me, and I have to force myself to keep a straight face while she explains her beliefs.
- I love to flabbergast the little-minded by shattering their preconceptions about my nationality and gender.
- The oddity of the situation was so flabbergasting I couldn’t react in time for anyone to see it.
- 1915, Fyodor Dostoevsky, chapter X, in Constance Garnett, transl., The Insulted and Injured: A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue [...] From the Russian (The Novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky; VI), London: William Heinemann, OCLC 79706181 ↗, part III, page 243 ↗:
- Well, some degree of the same pleasure may be experienced when one flabbergasts some romantic Schiller, by putting out one's tongue at him when he least expects it.
- French: époustoufler
- German: verblüffen, erstaunen, baff sein, platt sein, abschnallen, aus allen Wolken fallen
- Italian: sorprendere, stupire, impressionare, colpire, sbalordire
- Russian: изумля́ть
- (countable) An awkward person.
- Synonyms: dork, dweeb, geek, Thesaurus:dork
- (uncountable) overwhelming#Adjective|Overwhelming confusion, shock#Noun|shock, or surprise#Noun|surprise.
- Synonyms: astonishment, astoundedness, awe, dumbfoundedness, flabbergaster, flabbergastation, flabbergastment, stupefaction, Thesaurus:confusion, Thesaurus:surprise
- When I saw my house on fire, the flabbergast overcame me and I just stood and stared, too shocked to comprehend what I was seeing.
- His flabbergast was so great he couldn’t even come up with a plausible answer.