Flabbergast Definition

flăbər-găst
flabbergasted, flabbergasting, flabbergasts
verb
flabbergasted, flabbergasting, flabbergasts
To make speechless with amazement; astonish.
Webster's New World
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noun

(uncountable) Overwhelming surprise, confusion or shock.

When I saw my house on fire, the flabbergast overcame me and I just stood and stared, too shocked to comprehend what I was seeing.
His flabbergast was so great he couldn't even come up with a plausible answer.
Wiktionary
(countable) An awkward person.
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Other Word Forms of Flabbergast

Noun

Singular:
flabbergast
Plural:
flabbergasts

Origin of Flabbergast

  • Origin uncertain. Hotten says it is from Old English; Whitney and Smith suggests flabby or flap (strike) + gast (astonish); The Imperial Dictionary connects it with flabber (related to flap, to strike) + the root of aghast, and notes that flabagast may have been the root (to strike aghast); first documented as slang in 1772; Cassell gives it as dialectical from Suffolk, from flap or flabby + aghast, possibly related to Scottish flabrigast (to boast) or flabrigastit (worn out with exertion); Smith relates it to flab (to quake) or flap (to make a flap over something) + Middle English agasten (to terrify), and relates it to aghast, ghastly and ghost

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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