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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.
Origin of nonplus
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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  • She was nonplussed at the possibility of the errand being different from what she had thought.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • They were nonplussed, but their boss had not lost his nerve.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • As for Dick and Alec, they were nonplussed by the disappearance of the one they had determined to watch.

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • He looked at Druel with such composure that the latter for a moment was nonplussed.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • He looked at her, nonplussed for the moment, and suddenly Chloe's face softened.

    Afterwards Kathlyn Rhodes
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

c.1600, past participle adjective from nonplus.



"to bring to a nonplus, to perplex," 1590s, from the noun (1580s), properly "state where 'nothing more' can be done or said," from Latin non plus "no more, no further" (see plus). Related: Nonplussed.

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