Definition of dumbfound in English:

dumbfound

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Greatly astonish or amaze.

    ‘she was dumbfounded at the sight that met her eyes’
    as adjective ‘a dumbfounded look on her face’
    • ‘I am always dumbfounded by the utter lack of taste displayed in selecting the most popular choices on the jukebox.’
    • ‘We were dumbfounded at this rudeness and I got up and knelt on the clay floor.’
    • ‘I knew she was a strong woman, not just in battle, but even this showcase dumbfounded me.’
    • ‘I should say, it's meaningless goop that some poor soul spent a whole lot of time creating in order to dumfound the unwary.’
    • ‘It still dumbfounds me and many who share an enthusiasm for boating.’
    • ‘I know they're going to say that isn't a fact.… but it dumbfounds me.’
    • ‘Her mouth was like a cave as she stood dumbfounded by the array of weird electronic devices, and their sheer size.’
    • ‘For me, it just absolutely dumbfounds me how, as citizens of the United States, we own these parks, we own these national forests.’
    • ‘You'll dislike this show while watching it, but an hour later you'll be dumbfounded by its cunning.’
    • ‘Every now and then my own life does dumbfound me.’
    • ‘On several occasions during a trip to London last week I was dumbfounded by the evidence of this.’
    • ‘‘Music is important for me,’ she says, probably dumbfounding her detractors in the process.’
    • ‘Jerome was dumbfounded at the double life his longtime chess partner had been leading.’
    • ‘The ability of all these top-level singers to deliver whole programmes from memory never ceases to amaze and dumbfound me.’
    • ‘She was dumbfounded at this magical event, and stood there open mouthed for a long time, looking at this strange object in her own hand.’
    • ‘I only wanted to thrill him and satisfy him, that's why it dumfounded me so much for him to be so incredibly scared and uncomfortable with it.’
    • ‘We just didn't understand, and I personally was dumfounded.’
    • ‘What dumbfounds me, though, is when they call me ‘mate’.’
    • ‘Now it was Adam who was dumbfounded as he stared in astonishment at the card in his hands.’
    • ‘He puts all his materials and maneuvers in plain sight, almost like the magician who obligingly shows you that there's nothing up his sleeve before he dumbfounds you.’
    astonish, astound, amaze, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, confound, stupefy, daze, nonplus
    astonished, astounded, amazed, staggered, surprised, startled, stunned, confounded, nonplussed, stupefied, dazed, dumbstruck, open-mouthed, agape, speechless, at a loss for words, thunderstruck, goggle-eyed, wide-eyed
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Origin

Mid 17th century: blend of dumb and confound.

Pronunciation

dumbfound

/dʌmˈfaʊnd/