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flabbergast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flabbergast overcome with amazement "This boggles the mind!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Flabbergast flăb"bẽr*găst To astonish; to strike with wonder, esp. by extraordinary statements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flabbergast To overcome with confusion or bewilderment; astonish, with ludicrous effect; confound: as, the news completely flabbergasted him.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Flabbergast flab′ėrgast (coll.) to stun, confound.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Flap, and Aghast
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with flabby, and gast, to astonish.

Usage

In literature:

He was plainly a little flabbergasted.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
She was, indeed, flabbergasted.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
So she put the job on me; and, to be plain, ma'am, I never were more flabbergasted in the whole o' my life.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Sort of flabbergasted, eh?
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
As Mike would say, I'm completely flabbergasted.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
Your aunt would be flabbergasted to see you here.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
I was all flabbergasted.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There was an excuse for us to be absolutely flabbergasted when the Kaiser's crowd rushed on to Paris.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
It must be recorded that, at first, she was completely flabbergasted.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
I was flabbergasted with astonishment.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Like Dorcas, for an instant, she was utterly "flabbergasted," if you know what that means.
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth
Flabbergasted and breathless, Chris was unaware that he had moved closer to peer out the window in every direction.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Yet here was a side to his character he had never even dreamed of, and he was flabbergasted.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
For once at least he was flabbergasted.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Well, I was flabbergasted.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
The words were like a parrot's speech, the intonation so remarkable a copy of old Parrish's that Jim was flabbergasted.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The spectacle flabbergasted her.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
If ever a poor devil was flabbergasted, it was the head of the Boyne agency at that moment.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
She was flabbergasted, silent.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Waal, son, ye may look flabbergasted, but it's gospel truth!
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
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In poetry:

Eiderdown is so deep there
that Djankinn sprawls on his side
frenzied and flabbergasted,
fanning his paws out wide.
"Kolbeinn's Isle" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
When asked by the market for ironbark red,
It always occurs to the Wollombi head
To do a "mahogany" swindle.
In forests where never the ironbark grew,
When Jim is at work, it would flabbergast you
To see how the "ironbarks" dwindle.
"Jim the Splitter" by Henry Kendall

In news:

I flew back from an undisclosed location yesterday after a visit with my in-laws, and was flabbergasted by the attitudes I encountered in what has always been a very warm and hospitable airport.
Ex-ACC commissioner Corrigan ' flabbergasted ' about Maryland, Big Ten.
Former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan said Sunday night that he is "absolutely flabbergasted " to hear that Maryland is close to leaving the league for the Big Ten after a nearly 60-year association.
Harold Camping " flabbergasted " by non-Rapture.
Harold Camping ' flabbergasted '.
Rendell ' flabbergasted ' by lax abortion oversight.
NRF " Flabbergasted " By Wal-Mart's Support of Obama Health Plan.
Obama administration officials were flabbergasted Wednesday when Director of National Intelligence Adm.
American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is left flabbergasted by the voting of her fellow judges, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.
"We were just flabbergasted," Womble recalled.
Tiki Barber moves on, although agent is 'flabbergasted' that no one wanted him.
Next move on fiscal cliff is up to 'flabbergasted' Republicans: treasury secretary.
Bike magazine is not only flabbergasted, but we continue to be Blinded by Science.
Both Mr Autullo and his family were flabbergasted.
Two big questions linger after reading this flabbergasting story by Pierce Greenberg in the City Paper.
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