Definition of nonplus in English:

nonplus

Pronunciation /nänˈpləs/ /nɑnˈpləs/

transitive verbnonpluses, nonplusses, nonplussing, nonplussed

[with object]
  • Surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react.

    ‘Diane was nonplussed by such an odd question’
    • ‘No doubt middle class people will be nonplussed by my compliance with the doctor's wishes.’
    • ‘The boys are nonplussed by his invasion into their lives, to say the least.’
    • ‘Alex walked out slowly, nonplussed by the lack of surprise at his arrival.’
    • ‘Or would the man be so nonplussed by her weird action that he would just pretend it hadn't happened?’
    • ‘The word clearly nonplussed the interviewer, who interrupted the discussion to demand a definition.’
    • ‘And Jones was nonplussed by the record-breaking performance of the Australians.’
    • ‘All of this is good news for Carlyle's family of investors, who seem nonplussed by the questions swirling around the firm.’
    • ‘And coach Simon Jones was nonplussed by the record-breaking performance of the Australians.’
    • ‘The chair of the committee and my colleagues were nonplussed by the protest and several went to the open but draped windows to watch the street theatre.’
    • ‘She seemed nonplussed by that statement, and ignored it.’
    • ‘Many of those involved in the negotiations are nonplussed by the assertion that their efforts have ‘come to nothing’.’
    • ‘Nasa was nonplussed by the suggestion yesterday.’
    • ‘Moreover, I am totally nonplussed by this statement.’
    • ‘Hoggard looked tired and slightly nonplussed by events, which were both understandable reactions.’
    • ‘‘Lauding,’ as Gates calls such devastating word games, confuses Wole, who, at this point of his development, is ignorant of the nature of language performance intended to nonplus the audience.’
    • ‘Pip is nonplussed by how much they seem to hate him.’
    • ‘The authorities, nonplussed by this silence, released the wife and reduced the accused son's sentence to banishment.’
    • ‘Similarly, a recent survey showed young Britons are nonplussed by German culture.’
    confused, bewildered, bemused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, stumped, mystified, stupefied, muddled, befuddled, fuddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, thrown, thrown off balance, taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted, discomposed, troubled, discomfited, unnerved, shaken, shaken up, dazed, stunned, surprised, astonished, astounded

noun

  • A state of being very surprised and confused.

    ‘reduced to a perfect nonplus, he rose from his chair’

Origin

Late 16th century from Latin non plus ‘not more’. The noun originally meant ‘a state in which no more can be said or done’.

Pronunciation

nonplus

/nänˈpləs/ /nɑnˈpləs/