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.
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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