- To stupefy is to astonish, shock or make someone unable to think or respond clearly.
- When you get someone drunk so he cannot think or respond clearly, this is an example of a situation where you stupefy him.
- When you are astonished and amazed by how much something cost, this is an example of a situation where the price stupefies.
transitive verbstu·pe·fied, stu·pe·fy·ing, stu·pe·fies
- To cause (someone) to be unable to think clearly or be sensitive to the surroundings; daze: was stupefied by the toxic gas.
- To amaze; astonish: a race that stupefied the fans.
Origin of stupefyMiddle English stupefien, from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere : stupēre, to be stunned + facere, to make; see fact.
(third-person singular simple present stupefies, present participle stupefying, simple past and past participle stupefied)
Ultimately from Latin stupefaciÅ (“strike dumb, stun with amazement, stupefy"), from stupeÅ (“I am stunned, speechless") (English stupid, stupor) + faciÅ (“do, make").