Dumfound

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Dumfound To strike dumb; to confuse with astonishment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dumfound To strike dumb; confuse; stupefy; confound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Dumfound to strike dumb: to confuse greatly: to astonish
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dumb; Ger. dumm, stupid, Dut. dom.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Carter seemed too dumfounded to speak.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
But he said nothing as she paused: he was momentarily too dumfounded for speech, "I want my first one back," Cicily concluded.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
After I had finished playing he was dumfounded.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
You will be at first surprised, and then dumfounded, at what you formerly took for pleasure.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
The wife, as may be supposed, was dumfounded and uncertain what to do, if indeed she could do anything.
"The Young Ranchers" by Edward S. Ellis
The guests were dumfounded and amazed.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
He was surprised, dumfounded, overwhelmed.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Phil saw them coming, and when he made out Dave he was almost dumfounded.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
The engineer and fireman were dumfounded.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
He slowly raised his head, and stared an instant at his stenographer in dumfounded silence.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
Richling stood in his tracks dumfounded, crushed.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
I knew what to do with his tatters, but that crimson thatch dumfounded me.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
Eagen was dumfounded by Rathburn's sudden appearance.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
It must be confessed that now he was all but dumfounded.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
All this took place so rapidly that the chevalier was dumfounded.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Dumfounding it certainly was, the sudden transition from primeval nature without to this sumptuous interior.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
Maximilian stared dumfounded at his new magistrate in the role of criminal.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
He for his part was only surprised, not dumfounded.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Mr. Constable, though dumfounded at the disclosure, acted with commendable promptness.
"The Case and Exceptions" by Frederick Trevor Hill
The Janissaries, moreover, were dumfounded by this bold attitude.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
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In poetry:

Dumfounder'd was he, nae sigh did he gie,
He mounted his mare - he rade cannily;
An' aften he thought, as he gaed through the glen,
She's daft to refuse the Laird o' Cockpen.
"The Laird of Cockpen" by Carolina Oliphant

In news:

The experience was said to render patients dumfounded, shuffling and mumbling like a Frankenstein without a tap-dancing routine.
So I was dumfounded — I even lost a bet — to discover in Florida that the American cowboy originated down here.
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