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dumbfound Syllabification: dumb·found
Pronunciation: /ˈdəmˌfound/
(also dumfound)

Definition of dumbfound in English:

verb

[with object] (usually be dumbfounded)
Greatly astonish or amaze: they were dumbfounded at his popularity
More example sentences
  • The ability of all these top-level singers to deliver whole programmes from memory never ceases to amaze and dumbfound me.
  • Now it was Adam who was dumbfounded as he stared in astonishment at the card in his hands.
  • We just didn't understand, and I personally was dumfounded.
Synonyms
astonish, astound, amaze, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, confound, stupefy, daze, take aback, stop someone in their tracks, strike dumb, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast
informalflabbergast, floor, bowl over
astonished, astounded, amazed, staggered, surprised, startled, stunned, confounded, nonplussed, stupefied, dazed, dumbstruck, open-mouthed, speechless, thunderstruck;
taken aback, disconcerted
informalflabbergasted, flummoxed, bowled over, blown away, floored

Origin

Mid 17th century: blend of dumb and confound.

Words that rhyme with dumbfound

abound, aground, around, astound, bound, compound, confound, expound, found, ground, hound, impound, interwound, mound, pound, profound, propound, redound, round, sound, stoneground, surround, theatre-in-the-round (US theater-in-the-round), underground, wound

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