flabbergaster

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

flabbergast +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

flabbergaster (plural flabbergasters)

  1. A person, thing, fact or event that is flabbergasting, or that causes extreme shock.
    • 1917, Edward Livermore Burlingame, Robert Bridges, Alfred Dashiell, Scribner's Magazine (volume 61, page 143)
      Nothing on earth so delights the Mexican heart as a real flabbergaster of a funeral.
    • 2005, Jonathan Carroll, Outside the Dog Museum (Macmillan, page 197)
      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.
  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]
    • 1888, Robert Smith Surtees, Hillingdon Hall, or, The cockney squire: a tale of country life (John C. Nimmo, page 155)
      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!

References[edit]

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