Definition of flummox in English:

flummox

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder.

    ‘I was completely flummoxed by the whole thing’
    • ‘When he picked up his first job application, he was flummoxed.’
    • ‘But try to get this Glasgow lassie to explain her design philosophy and she's flummoxed.’
    • ‘The response could have been a little quicker, but not even the oddest requests could flummox the staff.’
    • ‘He was flummoxed at such a response to the announcement of a quiz, so he repeated, ‘Today I am taking a quiz’.’
    • ‘Civic officials are flummoxed as there is a ban on killing stray dogs.’
    • ‘‘It would be too long if we included everything,’ he explained to his somewhat flummoxed customers.’
    • ‘Integral calculus, in the first term of 1987, flummoxed me and I squeaked by with 52%.’
    • ‘But at the Jinnah in Micklegate this week I was flummoxed.’
    • ‘When he arrived at the crash site, a mile away, he was flummoxed.’
    • ‘Even the Ministry of Information official who accompanied me was flummoxed.’
    • ‘But the latest poster campaign to hit the streets of Witham has flummoxed residents.’
    • ‘I was flummoxed by this quiz question recently: When was the England batting opened in a Test by a rugby and a soccer international?’
    • ‘Her friend was flummoxed so she included a question about men shaving in her next column.’
    • ‘Mr Rawson said he was completely flummoxed by the decision taken by the bank.’
    • ‘When they weren't directing their energies against their seaside rivals, the Richmond students sometimes flummoxed their own teachers.’
    • ‘We had the usual conversation about life here, and he was just flummoxed by the place.’
    • ‘After reading his post, I'm equally flummoxed - but I fear this will not be the last of blog regulation.’
    • ‘The ultimate junk closet was flummoxing my Mother.’
    • ‘Still others see bureaucracies that flummox mere students.’
    • ‘Venus Williams is becoming an old hand at press conferences, but even she was flummoxed by one question that came her way after losing out to sister Serena in the final.’
    baffle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, throw off balance, disorientate, take aback, set thinking
    baffled, bewildered, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, confounded, nonplussed, disconcerted, thrown, thrown off balance, at sea, at a loss, disorientated, taken aback
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Origin

Mid 19th century: probably of dialect origin; flummock ‘to make untidy, confuse’ is recorded in western counties and the north Midlands.

Pronunciation

flummox

/ˈflʌməks/