Definition of flummox in English:

flummox

Pronunciation /ˈfləməks/

transitive verb

[with object]informal
  • usually be flummoxedPerplex (someone) greatly; bewilder.

    ‘he was completely flummoxed by the question’
    • ‘Mr Rawson said he was completely flummoxed by the decision taken by the bank.’
    • ‘Her friend was flummoxed so she included a question about men shaving in her next column.’
    • ‘Venus Williams is becoming an old hand at press conferences, but even she was flummoxed by one question that came her way after losing out to sister Serena in the final.’
    • ‘I was flummoxed by this quiz question recently: When was the England batting opened in a Test by a rugby and a soccer international?’
    • ‘The ultimate junk closet was flummoxing my Mother.’
    • ‘When they weren't directing their energies against their seaside rivals, the Richmond students sometimes flummoxed their own teachers.’
    • ‘‘It would be too long if we included everything,’ he explained to his somewhat flummoxed customers.’
    • ‘Integral calculus, in the first term of 1987, flummoxed me and I squeaked by with 52%.’
    • ‘When he picked up his first job application, he was flummoxed.’
    • ‘But at the Jinnah in Micklegate this week I was flummoxed.’
    • ‘After reading his post, I'm equally flummoxed - but I fear this will not be the last of blog regulation.’
    • ‘He was flummoxed at such a response to the announcement of a quiz, so he repeated, ‘Today I am taking a quiz’.’
    • ‘Even the Ministry of Information official who accompanied me was flummoxed.’
    • ‘Civic officials are flummoxed as there is a ban on killing stray dogs.’
    • ‘When he arrived at the crash site, a mile away, he was flummoxed.’
    • ‘We had the usual conversation about life here, and he was just flummoxed by the place.’
    • ‘But try to get this Glasgow lassie to explain her design philosophy and she's flummoxed.’
    • ‘But the latest poster campaign to hit the streets of Witham has flummoxed residents.’
    • ‘Still others see bureaucracies that flummox mere students.’
    • ‘The response could have been a little quicker, but not even the oddest requests could flummox the staff.’
    baffle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, throw off balance, disorientate, take aback, set thinking
    baffled, bewildered, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, confounded, nonplussed, disconcerted, thrown, thrown off balance, at sea, at a loss, disorientated, taken aback
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Origin

Mid 19th century probably of dialect origin; flummock ‘to make untidy, confuse’ is recorded in western counties and the north Midlands.

Pronunciation

flummox

/ˈfləməks/