Definition of shocking
: extremely startling, distressing, or offensive shocking news
shockinglyplay \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of shocking in a Sentence
The number of young teenagers who smoke is shocking.
a shocking waste of money
The building is in a shocking state.
Recent Examples of shocking from the Web
One of the themes of this video seems to be that Johnson's script is going to be a little shocking.
This isn't shocking, as Rubin has said Essential is open to bringing other virtual assistants to its devices.
The confession marked a shocking twist in a case that rocked the Philadelphia region and beyond.
What’s shocking is that, this far into the new administration, that number hasn’t gone back up.
Sterling K. Brown’s frequent scene partner Ron Cephas Jones makes for another strong contender, with Jeffrey Wright, the star of Westworld’s most shocking and existentially fraught plot twist, a favorite as well.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in Australia last weekend by a shocking unanimous decision.
Trump reportedly behaving inappropriately with female reporters, sadly, isn't shocking news.
The complaints have sparked shocking revelations about how schools respond to sexual assault reports, namely at Baylor University and Cornell University.
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First Known Use of shocking
SHOCKING Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of shocking for Students
1 : causing surprise, horror, or disgust shocking news
2 : being intense or bright in color shocking pink boots
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