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[duhm-found, duhm-found] /dʌmˈfaʊnd, ˈdʌmˌfaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
to make speechless with amazement; astonish.
Also, dumbfounder.
Origin of dumbfound
1645-55; dumb + (con)found
Related forms
dumbfounderment, noun
amaze, confound, astound, stagger. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dumbfounded
  • He was dumbfounded: his annual profits were never more than about $20000.
  • That leaves us dumbfounded.
  • However, I would have been dumbfounded and not asked good questions.
  • Other guests seemed dumbfounded by the sight of the dealers.
  • Instead, they left with long faces and dumbfounded looks trying to figure out what went wrong.
  • I'm still completely dumbfounded every single time.
  • All of them were dumbfounded and couldn't mutter much of a response.
  • The men are dumbfounded by the show's cult success.
  • Again, I resorted to my typical dumbfounded look.
  • She was dumbfounded by the placement of the washer-dryer closet in a corner of the living room.
British Dictionary definitions for dumbfounded


(transitive) to strike dumb with astonishment; amaze
Word Origin
C17: from dumb + (con)found
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Word Origin and History for dumbfounded

past participle adjective from dumbfound.



1650s, from dumb (adj.) + ending from confound.

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