Definition of flabbergast in English:



[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Surprise (someone) greatly; astonish.

    ‘this news has left me totally flabbergasted’
    • ‘Well, I'd just like to say that I'm completely flabbergasted and astounded.’
    • ‘I am frankly flabbergasted that my complaints so far have proved so ineffectual.’
    • ‘This effect is so obvious to me that I'm flabbergasted at the smart people who can't see it.’
    • ‘I am flabbergasted at the crassness of things said to, and about, him this past week.’
    • ‘When I found out that I'd got the part I was absolutely flabbergasted.’
    • ‘He was flabbergasted at the total complexity of the question.’
    • ‘Brian was flabbergasted, but not really surprised, not on a subconscious level.’
    • ‘And she is flabbergasted the police have said they cannot act against the owner because the dogs are not registered as dangerous.’
    • ‘Mrs Lewis said she was flabbergasted at some of what she said.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I am utterly flabbergasted that, if the argument is valid, I have not heard about it.’
    • ‘I was too flabbergasted to say anything, and later I felt guilty about that.’
    • ‘I know there's a million puns to be had here, but I'm too flabbergasted to think of anything good.’
    • ‘I was flabbergasted afterwards to hear that they do eight shows a week.’
    • ‘After a long wait, we're flabbergasted to be announced winners.’
    • ‘I was flabbergasted to learn how much of our money is being wasted in this way.’
    • ‘When she told me just a few weeks before that she was going to leave, I was flabbergasted and heartbroken.’
    • ‘Today Ms Morris said she was flabbergasted by the award.’
    • ‘A shopkeeper was flabbergasted when he opened his mail to find an apology from a shoplifter, with a cheque for £75.’
    • ‘I thought at first it must be a joke but apparently it's true and I am absolutely flabbergasted.’
    • ‘When they arrived she said she was flabbergasted at reading the cover page on them.’
    astonish, astound, amaze, surprise, startle, shock, take aback, take by surprise
    dumbfound, strike dumb, render speechless, stun, stagger, stop someone in their tracks, take someone's breath away, confound, daze, overcome, overwhelm, nonplus, stupefy, disconcert, unsettle, bewilder
    bowl over, knock for six, knock sideways, knock the stuffing out of, floor
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Late 18th century: of unknown origin.