While there often appears to be a word that could replace an idiom or a phrase in meaning, this one seems to be an exception (for me that is). I've tried:

  1. Confused : Less powerful, isn't it?
  2. Dearth : Needs completion by of something.
  3. Vacuous : Close, but complete absence of thought isn't the case, I suppose.
  4. Speechless : Don't know if lack of ideas or happy, shocked etc.

I'm not sure if these words could be ignored because of the reasons I have mentioned, but you can clearly see that I'm at my wits' end on this one!

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Onelook suggested frazzled, which I think is rather fitting.


Depending on your intended meaning, exasperated could be a good alternative.


stumped, baffled, stupefied, defeated, beaten, blocked, confounded, exhausted, hopeless, desperate

  • ... distrait, distraught, hysterical. Mar 13, 2014 at 13:35

Consider befuddled

confused, muddled, perplexed

Ohter possibilities are bewildered and the phrase at sea.

Finally, gobsmacked.


nonplussed, stymied, flabbergasted, aghast.

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