I occasionally come across words that I’m not completely sure I understand. Generally speaking, context usually fills in the gaps and I move on. Sometimes, though, context isn’t enough. That is where dictionary.com comes in. Invaluable.
Sometimes I resist, for unknown reasons, looking words up. Perhaps I am obstinate? I wonder why everyone else seems to know the definition of say “nee” or “natch”. Maybe if I just read it in context one.more.time???? But no – eventually, I head over to dictionary.com to confirm what I have inferred.
So, I have solved my “nee” and “natch” problem over time. But I never got around to “nonplussed”. It isn’t a word that is easily inferred, since it usually describes someone’s reaction to something and is purposely vague. But today I had had enough and finally got around to looking it up after reading it in this.
|1.||to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.|
|2.||a state of utter perplexity.|