nonplus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin nōn plūs (no more, no further)

Noun[edit]

nonplus (plural nonpluses)

  1. A state of perplexity or bewilderment.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.46:
      altering Vaudemont, to Vallemontanus, and metamorphosing them, by suting them to the Græcian or Latin tongue, we know not what to make of them, and are often at a non-plus.
    • South
      Both of them are a perfect nonplus and baffle to all human understanding.

Verb[edit]

nonplus (third-person singular simple present nonplusses, present participle nonplussing, simple past and past participle nonplussed)

  1. (transitive) to perplex or bewilder someone; to confound or flummox

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