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Definition of flummox verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flummox

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈflʌməks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌməks//
 
[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flummox
BrE BrE//ˈflʌməks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌməks//
 
he / she / it flummoxes
BrE BrE//ˈflʌməksɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌməksɪz//
 
past simple flummoxed
BrE BrE//ˈflʌməkst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌməkst//
 
past participle flummoxed
BrE BrE//ˈflʌməkst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌməkst//
 
he / she / it flummoxing
BrE BrE//ˈflʌməksɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌməksɪŋ//
 
 
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(not used in the progressive tenses) flummox somebody (informal) to confuse somebody so that they do not know what to say or do I was flummoxed by her question. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: probably of dialect origin; flummock ‘to make untidy, confuse’ is recorded in western counties and the north Midlands of England.
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