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[non-pluhs, non-pluhs] /nɒnˈplʌs, ˈnɒn plʌs/
verb (used with object), nonplussed or nonplused, nonplussing or nonplusing.
to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
a state of utter perplexity.
1575-85; (noun) < Latin nōn plūs literally, not more, no further, i.e., a state in which nothing more can be done
1. perplex, confuse, confound, disconcert. Unabridged
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Examples for nonplussed
  • The announcement, however, left the computer industry nonplussed.
  • Earlier in history, one famous player was so nonplussed after a defeat that he tried to shove his opponent out the window.
  • These protests will not fade, whatever the temperature or the admonitions from a nonplussed government.
  • No question is more likely to infuriate or simply leave a scientist nonplussed.
  • Even the geekiest types can be nonplussed when they are presented with data but no purpose.
  • They seemed nonplussed by their temporary homelessness.
  • They were nonplussed at the level of her dishonesty, sometimes breaking into laughter at the absurdity of it.
  • As he stood in the doorway with his revolver tightly clutched in his hand the mob for a minute was nonplussed.
British Dictionary definitions for nonplussed


verb -plusses, -plussing, -plussed (US) -pluses, -plusing, -plused
(transitive) to put at a loss; confound he was nonplussed by the sudden announcement
noun (pl) -pluses
a state of utter perplexity prohibiting action or speech
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nōn plūs no further (that is, nothing further can be said or done)
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Word Origin and History for nonplussed
1580s (n.), properly "state where 'nothing more' can be done or said," from L. non plus "no more, no further." The verb meaning "to bring to a nonplus, to perplex" is attested from 1590s.
c.1600, pp. adj. from nonplus.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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