shocking

adjective shock·ing \ ˈshä-kiŋ \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of shocking

:extremely startling, distressing, or offensive
  • shocking news

shockingly

play \ˈshä-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of shocking in a Sentence

  1. The number of young teenagers who smoke is shocking.

  2. a shocking waste of money

  3. The building is in a shocking state.

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First Known Use of shocking

1655


SHOCKING Defined for English Language Learners

shocking

adjective

Definition of shocking for English Language Learners

  • : very surprising and upsetting or causing a sudden feeling of horror or disgust

  • : very bad


SHOCKING Defined for Kids

shocking

adjective shock·ing \ ˈshä-kiŋ \

Definition of shocking for Students

1 :causing surprise, horror, or disgust
  • shocking news
2 :being intense or bright in color
  • shocking pink boots

shockingly

adverb


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