dumbfound

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dumbfound be a mystery or bewildering to "This beats me!","Got me--I don't know the answer!","a vexing problem","This question really stuck me"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dumbfound See dumfound, dumfounder.
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Quotations

  • Leo Rosten
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    “I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.”

Usage

In literature:

He might well be amazed and dumbfounded.
"The King's Warrant" by Alfred H. Engelbach
A silence fell upon them that they could not break, and they stood dumbfounded, nervous and overwrought.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
The duke seemed dumbfounded.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
For a full five minutes the statue spoke and the crowd, growing by the minute, stood dumbfounded.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Utterly dumbfounded, I stood for a few seconds dazed and wondering, the sweet odour of Rose d'Orsay filling my nostrils.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
The men of the crew stood about him on the brig's deck dumbfounded by his words.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
And his silence dumbfoundered her.
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
The latter was dumbfounded, and made no reply.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
He paused, dumbfounded, and spun about.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
Suleiman and his followers were dumbfounded by this bold act, and offered no resistance.
"General Gordon" by Seton Churchill
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In poetry:

Be helpless, dumbfounded,
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace
To gather us up.
"Zero Circle" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Thorny wilderness surrounds the town.
From steps that bleeds the moon
Drives off dumbfounded women.
Wild wolves have burst through the gate.
"In The East" by Georg Trakl

In news:

When I read the Town Dandy's recent characterization of Gov Schwarzenegger as some sort of harmless, guileless inspirational cheerleader, I was dumbfounded (Jan 21).
I just saw it for the first time last night during Olbermann, and I was dumbfounded.
I was caught in my usual dumbfounded state, as I tried to remember if there were any sides to the column.
Everybody is about a week removed from answering one of life's most dumbfounding questions: How can I possibly fit this incredible mountain of a Thanksgiving plate into my belly.
Entering Antelope Canyon was so alien and unearthly I was dumbfounded …literally from the moment I took my first step into it.
Human behavior amazes and dumbfounds the heck out of me, which is why I've studied it since I was old enough to drive.
A Sydney teenager has survived a rare bite from the world's deadliest snake — the inland taipan — leaving experts dumbfounded, as a single drop of venom from the reptile can supposedly kill 100 men.
After the debacle of the first four years with President George W Bush, I, and many others, were dumbfounded when he got re-elected.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was "dumbfounded" by last week's election, he told NBC's "Today" on Monday.
I just had a dumbfounding "Is this really happening".
Dumbfounded, I glanced to the boys and shouted, "What now".
Reaction from hardmen of game who haven't read the research is dumbfounding.
The question took me by surprise as I stood there dumbfounded.
As a guy fascinated with numbers, I could not help but be intrigued and almost dumbfounded after receiving a call Tuesday night from Union (Dugger) High School baseball coach Clarence Johnson.
While I am not a smoker, I am dumbfounded at the Record-Eagle's misunderstanding of the smoking ban and its connection to personal liberty.
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In science:

Eugine Wigner was dumbfounded by ”the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics”, yet felt an ”eternal gratitude” for the same.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
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