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Definition very surprised - often too surprised to know what to say or do
  • She was beyond surprised. She was dumbfounded.
dumbfounded = too surprised to know what to say or do
  • She was too dumbfounded to answer.
  • dumbfounded = surprised
  • Anne called wildly after him, not caring in the least for the other dumbfounded onlookers.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne of The Island
  • dumbfounded = too surprised to know what to say or do
  • Grandpa was dumbfounded. He tried to say something, but it wouldn't come out.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • dumbfounded = so surprised he was made temporarily speechless
  • And just look at my pipes! They suck up the chocolate and carry it away to all the other rooms in the factory where it is needed! Thousands of gallons an hour, my dear children! ...' The children and their parents were too flabbergasted to speak. ... They were dumbfounded.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • dumbfounded = very surprised — often too surprised to know what to say or do
  •   "What's your Quidditch team?" Ron asked.
      "Er — I don't know any," Harry confessed.
      "What!" Ron looked dumbfounded. "Oh, you wait, it's the best game in the world —" And he was off, explaining all about...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • dumbfounded = surprised (not in a frightening way, but in a way that makes you search for words)
  • (Dumbfounded, looking at LINDNER) Is this what you came marching all the way over here to tell us?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • dumbfounded = bewildered (confused or surprised)
  • Jonas closed his eyes again. He took a deep breath and sought the sled and the hill and the snow in his consciousness. There they were, with no effort. He was again sitting in that whirling world of snowflakes, atop the hill. Jonas grinned with delight, and blew his own steamy breath into view. Then, as he had been instructed, he looked down. ... He saw his legs, and moved them aside for a glimpse of the sled beneath.
    Dumbfounded, he stared at it.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dumbfounded = very surprised — often too surprised to know what to say or do
  • George and Harold were dumbfounded.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • dumbfounded = so surprised that they couldn't immediately think of what to say
  • Throwing open the door to Mama's room, we stood dumbfounded in the doorway.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • dumbfounded = very surprised
  •   "Hate to tell you this, kiddo," the guy said dryly, "but you're bleedin' all over my car seats."
      I blinked. "I am?"
      "Your head."
      I reached up to scratch the side of my head where it'd been itching for a while, and when I looked at my hand it was smeared with blood. "Gosh, mister, I'm sorry," I said, dumfounded.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • dumfounded = very surprised
  • The children ... I realize I shouldn't call them children, they're grown, went in search of Tashi; an hour later they returned dumbfounded.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • dumbfounded = bewildered (confused or surprised)
  • And Mr. Blakeslee said maybe Will and the boys should go campin' for a few days first. Mama looked dumfounded.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • dumfounded = bewildered (confused and surprised)
  • Granpa was struck dumbfounded. I let him smell of them and he said he had lived seventy-odd years, total unaware of such a smell.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • dumbfounded = very surprised — often too surprised to know what to say or do
  • "No..." Two-Bit said, dumfounded. "No, Ponyboy, that ain't right... you got it wrong..."
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • dumfounded = very surprised
  • Beneath her fingernails, the frost makes billions of tiny diadems and coronas on the slats of the bench, a lattice of dumbfounding complexity.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Cole stared down, dumbfounded.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "They're going to breach the ship," Venkat said, still dumbfounded.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • "Yes, they'll go back immediately," replied Ashley and he avoided Scarlett's dumbfounded gaze.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • This always dumfounded and silenced her.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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