as·​ton·​ished | \ ə-ˈstä-nisht How to pronounce astonished (audio) \

Definition of astonished

: 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 When Sarthak Malani passes other runners in a half-marathon, the astonished look on their faces gives him a little ping of satisfaction. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 4 June 2022 Mayor Muriel Bowser appeared somewhat astonished at the brazen actions of the shooter with officers in the area. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 20 June 2022 Between the tomatoes and the shed sits an astonished-looking dragon. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2022 Ann knocked on the door, which was opened by a teenage girl flanked by a passel of astonished children, then their mother. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Twitter has tried it twice, last year asking people to choose between three different sets featuring classic options like a laughing face, thinking face, crying face, astonished face, and flame. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 29 Mar. 2022 Be astonished, too, by the country making theater a theater of war. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 But he was still astonished to receive a letter from McCartney asking him to take a stab at covering one of his songs. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 25 Mar. 2022 These include Face with Peeking Eye, which is a versatile and enjoyable choice for expressing everything from surprise to astonished regret. David Phelan, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of astonished

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of astonished was in 1716

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“Astonished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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