: affected by shock : stricken with sudden mental or emotional disturbance
"Oh, no!" Mrs. Quimby was shocked. "How much is that going to cost?"Beverly Cleary
… I am so shocked to see him that I do not know what to do.Jane Austen
: showing or expressing shock
Her voice faltered as she saw the shocked amazement on her father's face.Mary Norton
In place of a roar at the end of the year's most anticipated race, there was only a shocked silence.Tim Layden
of a mineral : having a crystal structure that has been deformed by exposure to sudden extremely high pressure (as from a meteorite impact or a nuclear blast)
Grains of shocked quartz have long been used as criteria for impact (extraterrestrial objects or nuclear bombs) …Stephen Jay Gould

Examples of shocked in a Sentence

the escaping bridegroom bid farewell to the shocked wedding guests as he ran out the door we were shocked at the appalling conditions in the prison the hikers were so shocked at the sight of a bear that they didn't dare move
Recent Examples on the Web Jennifer Connelly is looking back at feeling shocked during her big Oscars win. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 Selleck eventually had to exit his car and take off his sunglasses-and-baseball-hat disguise to identify himself to the shocked county clerk for the wedding license. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shocked 

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of shocked was in 1675

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“Shocked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shocked. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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