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[fluhm-uh ks] /ˈflʌm əks/
verb (used with object), Informal.
to bewilder; confound; confuse.
Origin of flummox
1830-40; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • Chameleons have cold-proof tongues that allow them to hunt efficiently at temperatures that would flummox other lizards.
  • The answers to these questions can flummox even the savviest travelers.
  • It is a ratio that can flummox, particularly during a rainstorm at rush hour.
  • But both of those countries are deep in flummox about the crisis.
  • The implication seems to be that the magazine is a flimflam or flummox, rather than a valid promotional effort.
British Dictionary definitions for flummox


(transitive) to perplex or bewilder
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flummox

1837, cant word, origin uncertain, probably from some forgotten British dialect. Candidates cluster in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, southern Cheshire and also in Sheffield. "The formation seems to be onomatopœic, expressive of the notion of throwing down roughly and untidily." Never let it be said that the OED editors lacked imagination. Related: Flummoxed.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flummox



A failure; disaster; fuck-up: The solemn commemoration was a total flummox (1851+)


To spoil; upset; confound: Fu-Manchu tries to abduct a missionary who has flummoxed his plans in China (1837+)

[fr British dialect, ''maul, bewilder'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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