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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [duhm-found, duhm-found]
    • /dʌmˈfaʊnd, ˈdʌmˌfaʊnd/
    • /dʌmˈfaʊnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [duhm-found, duhm-found]
    • /dʌmˈfaʊnd, ˈdʌmˌfaʊnd/

Definitions of dumbfound word

  • verb with object dumbfound to make speechless with amazement; astonish. 1
  • noun dumbfound Greatly astonish or amaze. 1
  • verb dumbfound If someone or something dumbfounds you, they surprise you very much. 0
  • verb dumbfound to strike dumb with astonishment; amaze 0
  • verb transitive dumbfound to make speechless by shocking; amaze; astonish 0
  • verb dumbfound To confuse and bewilder; to leave speechless. 0

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Origin of dumbfound

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
First recorded in 1645-55; dumb + (con)found

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Parts of speech for Dumbfound


dumbfound popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

dumbfound usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for dumbfound

verb dumbfound

  • bewilder — If something bewilders you, it is so confusing or difficult that you cannot understand it.
  • stun — to deprive of consciousness or strength by or as if by a blow, fall, etc.: The blow to his jaw stunned him for a moment.
  • nonplus — to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
  • boggle — If you say that the mind boggles at something or that something boggles the mind, you mean that it is so strange or amazing that it is difficult to imagine or understand.
  • confound — If someone or something confounds you, they make you feel surprised or confused, often by showing you that your opinions or expectations of them were wrong.

Antonyms for dumbfound

verb dumbfound

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • clear up — When you clear up or clear a place up, you tidy things and put them away.
  • clarify — To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail.
  • lay out — to put or place in a horizontal position or position of rest; set down: to lay a book on a desk.

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