so surprised and confused that you do not know what to do or say

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  • nonplussed —    Nonplussed is often misused in the sense of calm and unbothered . The actual meaning is confused or bewildered : She was nonplussed by her husband s unusual behavior …   Confused words

  • nonplussed — ► ADJECTIVE 1) surprised and confused. 2) N. Amer. informal unperturbed. USAGE In standard English nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’. A new meaning, ‘not disconcerted; unperturbed’, has developed recently in North American English,… …   English terms dictionary

  • nonplussed — (adj.) c.1600, pp. adjective from NONPLUS (Cf. nonplus) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nonplussed — adjective a) Bewildered; unsure how to respond. Note, the honest Quaker was nonplussed, and greatly surprised at that question. b) Unfazed, unaffected, or unimpressed. For the nonce he was rather nonplussed but inasmuch as the duty plainly… …   Wiktionary

  • nonplussed — non|plussed also nonplused AmE [nɔnˈplʌst US na:n ] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: nonplus state of confusion (16 19 centuries), from Latin non plus no more ] so surprised by something that you do not know what to say or do… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nonplussed — [[t]nɒ̱nplʌ̱st[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If you are nonplussed, you feel confused and unsure how to react. She expected him to ask for a scotch and was rather nonplussed when he asked her to mix him a martini and lemonade. Syn: at a loss …   English dictionary

  • Nonplussed — Nonplus Non plus , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nonplused}or {Nonplussed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nonplusing} or {Nonplussing}.] To puzzle; to confound; to perplex; to cause to stop by embarrassment. [1913 Webster] He has been nonplused by Mr. Dry s desiring… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonplussed — also nonplused AmE adjective so surprised by something that you do not know what to say or do: He stood, nonplussed, the letter still in his hand …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nonplussed adj — That just doesn t add up, said Tom, nonplussed …   English expressions

  • nonplussed — Synonyms and related words: addled, at a loss, at a nonplus, at a stand, at a standstill, at an impasse, baffled, bamboozled, beat, bewildered, buffaloed, confounded, dazed, floored, fuddled, in a dilemma, in suspense, licked, muddled, mystified …   Moby Thesaurus

  • nonplussed — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. baffled, confused, at a loss (for words); see bewildered , doubtful 2 …   English dictionary for students

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