flum·​mox | \ ˈflə-məks How to pronounce flummox (audio) , -miks \
flummoxed; flummoxing; flummoxes

Definition of flummox

transitive verb

: confuse He was flummoxed by the legal jargon. a happy innocent who had been flummoxed by wily city slickers— Andy Logan

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No one is completely sure where the word flummox comes from, but Charles Dickens was aware of it and used it in his 1837 novel The Pickwick Papers. It became quite common in both British and American English by the end of the 19th century.

Examples of flummox in a Sentence

an actor who's easily flummoxed by any changes in the script
Recent Examples on the Web In a game where the Bruins’ sturdy backbone came together to fluster and flummox a disciplined Gaels team in a 72-56 victory, that backbone crumpled. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Mike Zimmer’s defense figures to flummox rookie quarterback Justin Fields just enough. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Some version of this coronavirus is bound to flummox our vaccines. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 2 Dec. 2021 The bond between Alice and the spiky, decidedly unliterary Felix might flummox. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 But none of them compare to saving young lives the way Mr. Jackson could easily do by demonstrating that the vaccine is safe and effective and not some difficult choice that should flummox a healthy adult. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, 11 Aug. 2021 With no offensive lineman worthy of this slot, the Chargers can instead score tremendous value in Pitts, a supersized target who can flummox defenses with his speed and keep Herbert's development on track even if Hunter Henry goes elsewhere. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2021 Disabling IR21a, however, isn’t enough to completely flummox a hungry bloodsucker. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2020 Error 0: The Heat tried creative ways to flummox Boston’s offense, extensively using a kind of 1-3-1 matchup zone in which its longer, athletic players roamed the perimeter. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of flummox

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flummox

origin unknown

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“Flummox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flummox. Accessed 9 May. 2022.

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