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[fluhm-uh ks] /ˈflʌm əks/
verb (used with object), Informal.
to bewilder; confound; confuse.
1830-40; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • They're flummoxed that some of the rest of the genome has significant signs of intermixture.
  • Caddy remained responsive and attentive, but soon seemed flummoxed, confessing that his client had cut off communication.
  • Stick to your principles or join the machine-it's a choice that has flummoxed many an indie band.
British Dictionary definitions for flummoxed


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



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 flummoxed



Confused and turbulent; baffling or baffled: ''One never knows, do one,'' I said, and left him flummoxed (1837+)



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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