Wednesday, October 08, 2003
nonplus transitive verb [non-PLUHS] To cause to be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; to confound; to perplex; to bewilder.
Definitions for nonplus
- To cause to be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; to confound; to perplex; to bewilder.
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Citations for nonplus
Mr Esswis had promptly negotiated an arrangement between himself, the owner of the sprayer and the owner of the sheep, nonplussing the other two farmers by accepting full blame of the straying animal, as long as unpleasantness and paperwork could be avoided.
I told him that to many people she is one of the best sculptors alive, but he seemed nonplussed by the thought.
Origin of nonplus
Nonplus is from the Latin non plus, "no more." To be nonplussed is to be at a point where "no more" can be said or done.