- 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 (â€œstrike dumb, stun with amazement, stupefyâ€), from stupeÅ (â€œI am stunned, speechlessâ€) (English stupid, stupor) + faciÅ (â€œdo, makeâ€).