gobsmacked

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

As if smacked (hit) in the gob (mouth (Irish / Scottish gaelic)).

Attested since 1959, from Northern English dialect, particularly Liverpool, popularized via television.[1]

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Adjective[edit]

gobsmacked (comparative more gobsmacked, superlative most gobsmacked)

  1. (chiefly UK, slang) Flabbergasted, astounded, speechless, overawed.
    • 1989, Glenn Frankel, "Salman Rushdie's Life on the Run," Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug.,
      We were as appalled and stunned and confused and gobsmacked (punched on the mouth) as anyone else.
    • 2008, Caroline Mallan, "Linwood Barclay novel wins a plug on key UK book list," Toronto Star, 16 Jun., p. A2,
      "I guess the word would be gobsmacked," Barclay said, of his reaction. "I am stunned."

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  1. ^ World Wide Words: Gobsmacked