flummox

[ fluhm-uhks ]

Usage Over Time

Part of Speech

verb

Definition

to bewilder; confound; confuse

Origin + Etymology

probably of dialect origin; flummock ‘to make untidy, confuse’ is recorded in western counties and the north Midlands

Synonyms

  • baffle
  • bewilder
  • confound
  • discombobulate
  • mystify
  • perplex

Antonyms

  • clarify
  • clear up
  • enlighten
  • explain
  • help

Example

Even now, after 15 years, the research still flummoxed researchers.

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