Definition of gobsmacked in US English:

gobsmacked

adjective

British
informal
  • Utterly astonished; astounded.

    • ‘There are still some things in life which leave me utterly gobsmacked.’
    • ‘The few times I did walk away, she would be utterly gobsmacked by my actions.’
    • ‘He was just glowing afterwards, he was gobsmacked.’
    • ‘Since then we've been gobsmacked with the response.’
    • ‘He was gutted, gobsmacked, and didn't care who knew.’
    • ‘‘We were gobsmacked by the success of the film, we couldn't believe it,’ Borland says.’
    • ‘‘I think children and parents are going to be gobsmacked when they look around,’ he said, speaking ahead of yesterday's open day.’
    • ‘I'm pretty gobsmacked that it's being considered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was gobsmacked to hear the Nottingham game had been cancelled, but it was all timed to perfection by SMG.’
    • ‘I was gobsmacked to hear, in a set of headlines today, that the coalition was suffering ‘significant casualties’.’
    • ‘I felt angry and tricked and was totally gobsmacked.’
    • ‘Have you then seen the same old coffin dodger like ten years later and been utterly gobsmacked to see them still alive and kicking?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd never been so utterly gobsmacked by the beauty of a place.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the girlies - many of whom may have defended their idols in the playground against gay rumours - were 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.’
    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, wonderstruck
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

gobsmacked

/ˈɡäbˌsmakt//ˈɡɑbˌsmækt/