as·​ton·​ished ə-ˈstä-nisht How to pronounce astonished (audio)
: feeling or showing great surprise or wonder : astounded, amazed
… she awoke the next day astonished to find that she suffered no ill effects.Jean T. Barrett
heard the news with an astonished smile

Examples of astonished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The duo both let out an astonished gasp and awkwardly stare in disbelief. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 16 Apr. 2024 Ed Sheeran and Diljit Dosanjh shock fans on social media with surprise duet Sheeran and Dosanjh’s duet set social media ablaze, with astonished fans expressing their amazement at the singers’ collaboration. USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 Yet that's what one astonished resident in Tampa found early Thursday morning, according to aerial night vision footage showing the creature making its way around a pool area. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2024 No one is more astonished by all this than Manilow himself. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2024 These are the moments, in the astonished silence after catastrophes, when most people suddenly become hyperaware of intelligence agencies in their all-too-human reality. Tamsin Shaw, The New York Review of Books, 18 Jan. 2024 Magni still sounds slightly astonished about her success in Federica’s case. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 His eighteen-year-old daughter, Zarina, was pregnant, and looked at me with astonished eyes, green and yellow like the grass of the steppe in summer. Elettra Pauletto, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 Expressions of astonished glee lit up both kids’ faces. Flora Stubbs, Travel + Leisure, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History


from past participle of astonish

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of astonished was in 1716

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“Astonished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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