nonplus

  • 1 Nonplus — Non plus, n. [L. non not + plus more, further. See {Plural}.] A state or condition which baffles reason or confounds judgment; insuperable difficulty; inability to proceed or decide; puzzle; quandary. [1913 Webster] Both of them are a perfect… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 nonplus — (v.) to bring to a nonplus, to perplex, 1590s, from the noun (1580s), properly state where nothing more can be done or said, from L. non plus no more, no further (see PLUS (Cf. plus)). Related: NONPLUSSED (Cf. Nonplussed) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 nonplus — [nän plüs′, nän′plus΄] n. [L non, not + plus, more: see PLUS] a condition of perplexity in which one is unable to go, speak, or act further vt. nonplused or nonplussed, nonplusing or nonplussing to put in a nonplus; bewilder SYN. PUZZLE nonplused …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Nonplus — Non plus , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nonplused}or {Nonplussed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nonplusing} or {Nonplussing}.] To puzzle; to confound; to perplex; to cause to stop by embarrassment. [1913 Webster] He has been nonplused by Mr. Dry s desiring him to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 nonplus — index confound, confuse (bewilder), confusion (ambiguity), discompose, disorient, disturb, embarrass …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 nonplus — bewilder, distract, confound, dumbfound, mystify, perplex, *puzzle Analogous words: faze, rattle, *embarrass, discomfit, disconcert: *confuse, muddle: baffle, balk, *frustrate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 nonplus — meaning ‘to perplex’, has inflected forms nonplussed, nonplussing, and in AmE also nonplused, nonplusing. In a recent development, nonplussed has come to mean ‘unperturbed’ • (‘Out of power?’ asked McCoy, trying to appear nonplussed D. Kramer… …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 nonplus — [v] confuse, perplex astonish, astound, baffle, balk, beat, bewilder, boggle, buffalo*, confound, daze, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, dismay, dumbfound, embarrass, faze, floor*, flurry, fluster, frustrate, get*, mess with one’s head*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 nonplus — v. & n. v.tr. (nonplussed, nonplussing) completely perplex. n. a state of perplexity, a standstill (at a nonplus; reduce to a nonplus). Etymology: L non plus not more …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 nonplus — /nɒnˈplʌs / (say non plus) verb (t) (nonplussed or, US, nonplused, nonplussing or, US, nonplusing) 1. to bring to a nonplus; puzzle completely. –noun 2. a state of utter perplexity. {Latin nōn plūs not more, no further} –nonplussed …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 nonplus — I. noun Etymology: Latin non plus no more Date: 1582 a state of bafflement or perplexity ; quandary II. transitive verb ( plussed; also nonplused; plussing; also nonplusing) Date: 1591 to cause to be at a l …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 nonplus — /non plus , non plus/, v., nonplussed or nonplused, nonplussing or nonplusing, n. v.t. 1. to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely. n. 2. a state of utter perplexity. [1575 85; (n.) < L non plus lit., not more, no further, i.e., a state in… …

    Universalium

  • 13 nonplus — 1. noun A state of perplexity or bewilderment. altering Vaudemont, to Vallemontanus, and metamorphosing them, by suting them to the Græcian or Latin tongue, we know not what to make of them, and are often at a non plus. 2. verb to perplex or… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 nonplus — Synonyms and related words: Gordian knot, abecedarian, addle, amaze, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, astonish, astound, baffle, bafflement, balk, bamboozle, beat, bewilderment, blast, boggle, bother, brave, bring up short, buffalo,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 nonplus — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. perplex, confound, baffle; bring up short or to a standstill, stop dead [in one s tracks], squelch, throw [for a loop]. See hindrance, obscurity, difficulty. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. baffle,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 nonplus — see PLURAL …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 nonplus — nÉ‘n plÊŒs / nÉ’n v. perplex, baffle; confuse; amaze, astonish …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 nonplus — [nɒn plʌs] verb (nonplusses, nonplussing, nonplussed) 1》 surprise and confuse; flummox. 2》 [as adjective nonplussed] N. Amer. informal unperturbed. noun a state of being nonplussed. Origin C16: from L. non plus not more …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 nonplus — I. n. Puzzle, perplexity, poser, quandary. II. v. a. Puzzle, confound, confuse, disconcert, perplex, pose, put to a stand …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 nonplus — v 1. perplex, puzzle, confound, confuse, Inf. flummox, baffle, bewilder, mystify, stump; disconcert, abash, embarrass, discountenance, disturb, bother, dismay; upset, fluster, rattle, Inf. faze, muddle, addle, befuddle. 2. take aback, stun,… …

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