Definition of flummox in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈflʌməks


[with object] informal
Perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder: I was completely flummoxed by the whole thing
More 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.
informal bamboozle, discombobulate, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, be all Greek to, make someone's head spin, floor, fog
North American informal buffalo
archaic wilder, gravel, maze, cause to be at a stand, distract, pose
rare obfuscate
Canadian & Australian/New Zealand informal bushed


mid 19th century: probably of dialect origin; flummock 'to make untidy, confuse' is recorded in western counties and the north Midlands.

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