Definition of nonplus in English:

nonplus

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react.

    ‘Diane was nonplussed by such an odd question’
    • ‘No doubt middle class people will be nonplussed by my compliance with the doctor's wishes.’
    • ‘‘Lauding,’ as Gates calls such devastating word games, confuses Wole, who, at this point of his development, is ignorant of the nature of language performance intended to nonplus the audience.’
    • ‘And Jones was nonplussed by the record-breaking performance of the Australians.’
    • ‘The boys are nonplussed by his invasion into their lives, to say the least.’
    • ‘The word clearly nonplussed the interviewer, who interrupted the discussion to demand a definition.’
    • ‘Hoggard looked tired and slightly nonplussed by events, which were both understandable reactions.’
    • ‘Pip is nonplussed by how much they seem to hate him.’
    • ‘Moreover, I am totally nonplussed by this statement.’
    • ‘The chair of the committee and my colleagues were nonplussed by the protest and several went to the open but draped windows to watch the street theatre.’
    • ‘Alex walked out slowly, nonplussed by the lack of surprise at his arrival.’
    • ‘The authorities, nonplussed by this silence, released the wife and reduced the accused son's sentence to banishment.’
    • ‘All of this is good news for Carlyle's family of investors, who seem nonplussed by the questions swirling around the firm.’
    • ‘Nasa was nonplussed by the suggestion yesterday.’
    • ‘Many of those involved in the negotiations are nonplussed by the assertion that their efforts have ‘come to nothing’.’
    • ‘Similarly, a recent survey showed young Britons are nonplussed by German culture.’
    • ‘Or would the man be so nonplussed by her weird action that he would just pretend it hadn't happened?’
    • ‘She seemed nonplussed by that statement, and ignored it.’
    • ‘And coach Simon Jones was nonplussed by the record-breaking performance of the Australians.’
    confused, bewildered, bemused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, stumped, mystified, stupefied, muddled, befuddled, fuddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, thrown, thrown off balance, taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted, discomposed, troubled, discomfited, unnerved, shaken, shaken up, dazed, stunned, surprised, astonished, astounded
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noun

  • A state of being very surprised and confused.

    ‘reduced to a perfect nonplus, he rose from his chair’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin non plus ‘not more’. The noun originally meant ‘a state in which no more can be said or done’.

Pronunciation

nonplus

/nɒnˈplʌs/