dumb·​struck | \ ˈdəm-ˌstrək How to pronounce dumbstruck (audio) \

Definition of dumbstruck

: made silent by astonishment

Examples of dumbstruck in a Sentence

The people in the courtroom were dumbstruck by his confession. the dumbstruck ecotourists gaped in silence as the enormous whale breached near their vessel
Recent Examples on the Web Officials at the agency were dumbstruck, according to some of those who spoke with The Post. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2022 That race left plenty of people dumbstruck or skeptical. Dathan Ritzenhein, Outside Online, 16 Sep. 2019 And the stadium, after all that noise, after all those songs, after all those dreams, stood silent, dumbstruck, and stared straight back. New York Times, 11 July 2021 The game soon ended with a strikeout by pinch hitter Kirby McMullen, who swung at a pitch by USF’s closer Orion Kerkering to leave the Gators dumbstruck, demoralized and faced with a Herculean challenge. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 Now, in a police training classroom, Christopher was dumbstruck. Isabel Seliger, ProPublica, 29 May 2021 One segment of the Democratic convention featured now-vintage-feeling footage of President Obama springing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on a dumbstruck Joe Biden on their way out of the White House in 2017. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2020 Other members of the media were similarly dumbstruck. Dylan Byers, NBC News, 28 Jan. 2020 Pavelich, a sprite of a forward at only 5 feet 8 inches, assisted on Eruzione’s winning goal that sent the dumbstruck CCCP team home on a stretcher to Red Square. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of dumbstruck

1765, in the meaning defined above

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“Dumbstruck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbstruck. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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