transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1772 to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder ; dumbfound Synonyms: see surpriseflabbergastingly adverb

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  • Flabbergast — Flab ber*gast (fl[a^]b b[ e]r*g[a^]st), v. t. [Cf. {Flap}, and {Aghast}.] To astonish; to strike with wonder, esp. by extraordinary statements. [Jocular] Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flabbergast — amaze, astound, astonish, *surprise Analogous words: dumbfound, confound, bewilder, nonplus, perplex (see PUZZLE): disconcert, rattle, faze, discomfit (see EMBARRASS) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flabbergast — [v] surprise abash, amaze, astonish, astound, blow away*, bowl over*, confound, daze, disconcert, dumbfound, make speechless, nonplus, overcome, overwhelm, put away*, shock, stagger, stun, throw, throw for a loop*; concept 42 Ant. expect …   New thesaurus

  • flabbergast — ► VERB informal ▪ surprise greatly. DERIVATIVES flabbergasted adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • flabbergast — [flab′ər gast΄] vt. [18th c. slang < ? FLABBY + AGHAST] to make speechless with amazement; astonish SYN. SURPRISE …   English World dictionary

  • flabbergast — 1. verb /ʹflæbə(r)gɑːst/ To overwhelm with bewilderment; to stun, confound or amaze, especially with ludicrous affect. nbsp; He was flabbergasted to find that his work had been done for him before he began …   Wiktionary

  • flabbergast — flabbergaster, n. /flab euhr gast /, v.t. to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound. [1765 75; var. of flabagast (perh. FLABB(Y) + AGHAST)] Syn. amaze, astonish, stagger, nonplus, confound; perplex, confuse, mystify. * * * …   Universalium

  • flabbergast — Synonyms and related words: amaze, astonish, astound, awe, awestrike, bedaze, bedazzle, bewilder, boggle, bowl down, bowl over, confound, daze, dazzle, dumbfound, dumbfounder, overwhelm, paralyze, perplex, petrify, shock, stagger, startle, strike …   Moby Thesaurus

  • flabbergast — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. confound, astonish, surprise. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. confound, amaze, astound; see surprise 1 . See Synonym Study at surprise . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To overwhelm with surprise, wonder,… …   English dictionary for students

  • flabbergast — flab·ber·gast || flæbÉ™(r)gæst / gɑːst v. overwhelm with shock or wonder, amaze, astound, dumbfound …   English contemporary dictionary

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