flabbergast

英 ['flæbəgɑːst] 美 ['flæbɚ,gæst]
  • vt. 哑然失色;使大吃一惊
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flabbergast (v.)
1772, flabbergasted, mentioned (with bored) in a magazine article that year as a new vogue word, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from some dialect (in 1823 flabbergast was noted as a Sussex word), perhaps ultimately an arbitrary formation alluding to flabby or flapper and aghast. "Like many other popular words expressing intensity of action, ... not separable into definite elements or traceable to a definite origin" [Century Dictionary]. Related: Flabbergasted; flabbergasting; flabbergastation.
1. He is flabbergast when he hears that his friend has been accused of murder.
他听说朋友被控谋杀罪,大吃一惊.

来自《简明英汉词典》

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