British astonished, struck dumb, left open-mouthed in amazement. From gob. These are originally Liverpudlian terms and are now widespread, used even by Sloane Rangers and yuppies, thanks ini-tially to usage on TV comedies set in Liv-erpool. The expressions enjoyed a vogue in popular speech and journalistic use from 1988. The phrases originally referred to a victim gaping after literally being punched in the mouth.
► 'He had expected to pay one tenth of the price and was said to be "gobsmacked" at the final cost.' (Independent, 21 September 1989)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • gobsmacked — by 1990, U.K. slang, from GOB (Cf. gob) “mouth” + p.p. of SMACK (Cf. smack) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gobsmacked — ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal ▪ utterly astonished. DERIVATIVES gobsmacking adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • gobsmacked — [[t]gɒ̱bsmækt[/t]] ADJ GRADED (emphasis) If you say that you were gobsmacked by something, you are emphasizing how surprised you were by it. [BRIT, INFORMAL] I was really gobsmacked when I saw your picture of a model wearing a hat with a toy… …   English dictionary

  • gobsmacked — adjective Flabbergasted, astounded, speechless, overawed. We were as appalled and stunned and confused and gobsmacked (punched on the mouth) as anyone else. See Also: gobsmacking, gobstruck …   Wiktionary

  • gobsmacked — • flabbergasted, surprised. e.g. I couldn t believe it, I was totally gobsmacked …   Londonisms dictionary

  • Gobsmacked — astonished; flabbergasted …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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  • gobsmacked — gob|smacked [ˈgɔbsmækt US ˈga:b ] adj BrE spoken informal very surprised or shocked …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gobsmacked — gob|smacked [ gab,smækt ] adjective BRITISH INFORMAL extremely surprised …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Gobsmacked — Amazed. Your gob is your mouth and if you smack your gob, it would be out of amazement …   The American's guide to speaking British

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