dumbstruck

adjective

dumb·​struck ˈdəm-ˌstrək How to pronounce dumbstruck (audio)
: 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 Maher, as Earle-Sears outlined the sins of story hour, was equally dumbstruck. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 27 June 2021 Lyons can be a brilliant agent of chaos, a person whose presence left castmates starstruck before her bluntness left them dumbstruck. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 July 2023 The dumbstruck crowd watched as aged captain Patrice Bergeron trudged to the room in the funeral din of the Garden. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2023 Her sunny face went dumbstruck. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 In the White House, President John F. Kennedy stood dumbstruck, with his hands shoved deep into his pockets and his eyes fixed on an unlikely television picture. Ben Evans, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2021 The children were dumbstruck and asked what the items meant. Stephanie Mansfield, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 Sink is still dumbstruck by the fact Swift, one of the celebrity Stranger Things fans, saw her younger self in season 3 and kept her in mind for a starring role opposite Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf). Nick Romano, EW.com, 4 July 2022 Officials at the agency were dumbstruck, according to some of those who spoke with The Post. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dumbstruck was in 1765

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“Dumbstruck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbstruck. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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