verb[with object] (usually be flummoxed) • informal
- Perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder: he was completely flummoxed by the questionMore example sentences
- Mr Rawson said he was completely flummoxed by the decision taken by the bank.
- Her friend was flummoxed so she included a question about men shaving in her next column.
- Venus Williams is becoming an old hand at press conferences, but even she was flummoxed by one question that came her way after losing out to sister Serena in the final.
mid 19th century: probably of dialect origin; compare with dialect flummock 'to make untidy, confuse'.