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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] non plus (no more, no further).[1]

Pronunciation

Adjective

nonplussed (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
nonplussed

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Bewildered; unsure how to respond.
  2. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Unfazed, unaffected, or unimpressed.

Usage notes

Recently in North American English nonplussed has come to mean unimpressed.[1] In 1999, this was considered a neologism, ostensibly from "not plussed", although "plussed" by itself is not a recognized English word. The "unimpressed" meaning is not considered standard usage.[2]

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Verb

nonplussed

  1. Simple past tense and past participle of nonplus.

References

  • Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Mavens' Word of the Day (in English)." 1999-12-21. URL accessed on 2006-09-26.
  2. ^ "askOxford: nonplussed (in English)." URL accessed on 2007-04-20.

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