to startle, to confuse ...1836 US
of unknown origin
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1836 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Well, father, I thought he'd a fainted too, he was so struck up all of a heap, he was completely bung fungered; dear, dear, said he, I did'nt think it would come to pass so soon, but I knew it would come; I foretold it; says I, the last time I seed him, Jim, says I, mind what I say, YOU'LL SWING FOR IT YET..."
From: The Clockmaker; Or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton