flabbergaster

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

flabbergaster (plural flabbergasters)

  1. A person, thing, fact or event that is flabbergasting, or that causes extreme shock
    • Nothing on earth so delights the Mexican heart as a real flabbergaster of a funeral.
    • 1917. Edward Livermore Burlingame, Robert Bridges, Alfred Dashiell. Scribner's Magazine, Vol. 61. page 143.
      This first flabbergaster was that the new Sultan had decided he wanted at least a third of the construction crew to be made up of Saruvian workers, even though the museum would be built in Austria.
    • 2005. Jonathan Carroll. Outside the Dog Museum. Macmillan. page 197.
  2. A state of surprise or fear.[1]

Verb[edit]

flabbergaster (third-person singular simple present flabbergasters, present participle flabbergastering, simple past and past participle flabbergastered)

  1. (archaic) To perplex or amaze; to shock or frighten[2]
    • But I've got an invention in my 'ead — at all events, the notion of an invention , that I ventures to say will work wonders in the terrestrial globe — flabbergaster the world!
    • 1888. Robert Smith Surtees. Hillingdon Hall, or, The cockney squire: a tale of country life. John C. Nimmo. page 155.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1900, Joseph Wright (Ed.) editor, The English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect[1], H. Frowde, page 376:
  2. ^ 1900, Joseph Wright (Ed.) editor, The English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect[2], H. Frowde, page 376: