as·​tound·​ed ə-ˈstau̇n-dəd How to pronounce astounded (audio)
: feeling or showing great surprise or wonder : astonished, amazed
was astounded to hear the news
We were too astounded to speak. We could only stand there staring in amazement.Arthur Conan Doyle

Examples of astounded in a Sentence

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Word History


originally doubled past participle of astonen, astonien "to stun, daze, surprise" — more at astonish

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of astounded was circa 1540

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“Astounded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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