as·​tound·​ing ə-ˈstau̇n-diŋ How to pronounce astounding (audio)
: causing astonishment or amazement
an astounding revelation
astoundingly adverb

Examples of astounding in a Sentence

He ate an astounding amount of food. the astounding sight of their cat returning home after having been missing for two years
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Word History


from present participle of astound entry 1

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of astounding was in 1590

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“Astounding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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