Word of the Week: Flummox

CliffsNotes July 25, 2016


Word: flummox (v)

Meaning: To confuse or bewilder.

Synonyms: mystify, puzzle, baffle

If you're flummoxed, you are confused! Even the origin of the word — which refers to being bewildered — is baffling, with uncertain origins from the mid-1800s.

Charles Dickens writes in The Pickwick Papers:

"And my 'pinion is, Sammy, that if your governor don't prove a alleybi, he'll be what the Italians call reg'larly flummoxed, and that's all about it."