verb[with object] • informal
- Perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder: I was completely flummoxed by the whole thingMore example sentences
baffle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, throw off balance, disorientate, take aback, set thinking• informal bamboozle, discombobulate, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, be all Greek to, make someone's head spin, floor, fogNorth American • informal buffalo• rare obfuscatebaffled, bewildered, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, confounded, nonplussed, disconcerted, thrown, thrown off balance, at sea, at a loss, disorientated, taken abackCanadian & Australian/New Zealand • informal bushed
- 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; flummock 'to make untidy, confuse' is recorded in western counties and the north Midlands.