verb (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
More example sentences
- 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.
surprise, stun, dumbfound, confound, astound, astonish, amaze, take aback, disconcert, stop someone in their tracks, throw, throw/catch off balance; puzzle, perplex, baffle, mystify, confuse, bemuse, bewilder
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late 16th century: from Latin non plus 'not more'. The noun originally meant 'a state in which no more can be said or done'.