Definition of nonplus in English:


Syllabification: non·plus
Pronunciation: /nänˈpləs

verb (nonpluses or nonplusses, nonplussing, nonplussed)

[with object]
  • Surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react: Diane was nonplussed by such an odd question
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    • No doubt middle class people will be nonplussed by my compliance with the doctor's wishes.
    • The boys are nonplussed by his invasion into their lives, to say the least.
    • Alex walked out slowly, nonplussed by the lack of surprise at his arrival.


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  • A state of being very surprised and confused.


late 16th century: from Latin non plus 'not more'. The noun originally meant 'a state in which no more can be said or done'.

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