One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Utterly astonished; astounded.
amazed, filled with astonishment, filled with amazement, astounded, staggered, surprised, startled, stunned, thunderstruck, aghast, taken aback, confounded, dumbfounded, stupefied, dazed, nonplussed, dumbstruck, open-mouthed, agape, lost for words, wide-eyed, awed, filled with awe, filled with wonder, awestruck, wonderstruckView synonyms
- ‘I'd never been so utterly gobsmacked by the beauty of a place.’
- ‘Since then we've been gobsmacked with the response.’
- ‘‘I think children and parents are going to be gobsmacked when they look around,’ he said, speaking ahead of yesterday's open day.’
- ‘I felt angry and tricked and was totally gobsmacked.’
- ‘I was gobsmacked to hear, in a set of headlines today, that the coalition was suffering ‘significant casualties’.’
- ‘I was gobsmacked to hear the Nottingham game had been cancelled, but it was all timed to perfection by SMG.’
- ‘The few times I did walk away, she would be utterly gobsmacked by my actions.’
- ‘Have you then seen the same old coffin dodger like ten years later and been utterly gobsmacked to see them still alive and kicking?’
- ‘Steve, the centre's deputy head of operations, sounding like a man who might be gobsmacked to hear that this wasn't universal behaviour in the British working population.’
- ‘Fernandez recently threw a party for one of his daughters at the Royal Botanical Gardens, to which gobsmacked guests were ferried in limos and greeted by mock paparazzi.’
- ‘‘It was a real bargain,’ said the gobsmacked health service worker, who doesn't even like football.’
- ‘He was just glowing afterwards, he was gobsmacked.’
- ‘‘We were gobsmacked by the success of the film, we couldn't believe it,’ Borland says.’
- ‘I'm pretty gobsmacked that it's being considered.’
- ‘Needless to say, the girlies - many of whom may have defended their idols in the playground against gay rumours - were gobsmacked.’
- ‘Fielding at short mid wicket he took off, flung himself full length to his left and caught the ball in his outstretched left hand leaving Young gobsmacked.’
- ‘He was gutted, gobsmacked, and didn't care who knew.’
- ‘There are still some things in life which leave me utterly gobsmacked.’
- ‘There are times when you run out of words to describe the actions of local politicians - you are sometimes left gobsmacked by the sheer audacity of their decisions.’
- ‘I watched, gobsmacked, as he was blindfolded and went on to identify random objects from the crowd by passing his hands over them but not touching them.’
1980s: from gob + smack, with reference to being shocked by a blow to the mouth, or to clapping a hand to one's mouth in astonishment.
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