Dumfound Dum"found`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dumfounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dumfounding}.] To strike dumb; to confuse with astonishment. [Written also {dumbfound}.] --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

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  • dumbfound — v. same as {dumfound}. Syn: confuse, perplex, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, puzzle, mystify, baffle, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, stupify, nonplus, gravel, amaze, trounce, confound, be confusing to, make confused. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dumbfound — index confound Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dumbfound — 1650s, from DUMB (Cf. dumb) (q.v.) + (con)found …   Etymology dictionary

  • dumbfound — confound, nonplus, bewilder, distract, mystify, perplex, *puzzle Analogous words: astound, flabbergast, amaze, astonish, *surprise: *confuse, muddle, addle, fuddle: disconcert, rattle, faze, discomfit (see EMBARRASS) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dumbfound — dumbfound, dumbfounded meaning ‘to nonplus’ and ‘nonplussed’, are formed on dumb and confound and should be spelt with a b …   Modern English usage

  • dumbfound — [v] astound, confuse amaze, astonish, bewilder, blow away*, blow one’s mind*, boggle, bowl over*, confound, flabbergast, knock over with feather*, nonplus, overwhelm, puzzle, stagger, startle, stun, surprise, take aback, throw, throw into a… …   New thesaurus

  • dumbfound — (also dumfound) ► VERB ▪ astonish greatly. ORIGIN blend of DUMB(Cf. ↑dumbness) and CONFOUND(Cf. ↑confound) …   English terms dictionary

  • dumbfound — or dumfound [dum′found΄, dum found′] vt. [ DUMB + (CON)FOUND] to make speechless by shocking; amaze; astonish SYN. PUZZLE …   English World dictionary

  • dumbfound — verb (T) to shock or surprise someone so much that they are very confused: Pollini s piano playing continues to dumbfound the critics …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dumbfound — also dumfound transitive verb Etymology: dumb + found (as in confound) Date: 1653 to confound briefly and usually with astonishment Synonyms: see puzzle • dumbfoundingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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