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

Definition of dumbstruck

: made silent by astonishment

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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 Other members of the media were similarly dumbstruck. Dylan Byers, NBC News, "Washington Post reverses suspension of reporter who tweeted about Kobe Bryant," 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, ", Mark Pavelich," 7 Dec. 2019 The moms were heartbroken, quiet and dumbstruck as the bus pulled out of Richmond. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "The moms went to Richmond to demand action on gun violence. Instead, they were ignored.," 11 July 2019 These structures are magnificently built, to the point that an attempt to conceive how they were crafted only leaves us dumbstruck. Cian Maheer, Washington Post, "From Ancestor Glade to Hyrule Castle, these are the eight wonders of the virtual world," 4 June 2019 Everyone was dumbstruck and didn’t want the night to end. Richard Zoglin, Time, "Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis' Career Around," 23 July 2019 Watching him graduate in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, his family members were dumbstruck. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 Paul is clearly dumbstruck by how quickly he's found himself in bed with her. Darla Murray, Cosmopolitan, "10 Guys Reveal the Movie Sex Scene That Turns Them on Most," 16 June 2017 My children, wide-eyed and dumbstruck at the thought of Mommy with a gun to her head, nodded earnestly. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Do Security Systems Make Your Home Safer?," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of dumbstruck

1765, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dumbstruck was in 1765

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13 Feb 2020

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“Dumbstruck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbstruck. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dumbstruck

: so shocked or surprised that you cannot speak

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