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-Rolls, AmE 1990)

the very opposite of the accepted meaning, probably by association with the prefix non-, which implies a negative meaning.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • nonplus — v. & n. (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

  • 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

  • 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

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