stag·​ger·​ing | \ ˈsta-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce staggering (audio) \

Definition of staggering

: so great as to cause one to stagger : astonishing, overwhelming a staggering feat staggering medical bills

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Other Words from staggering

staggeringly adverb

Examples of staggering in a Sentence

The storm caused a staggering amount of damage. the staggering scope of the new construction on campus
Recent Examples on the Web But this is not an isolated incident: Throughout the U.S. and Europe, staggering numbers of freshwater mussels are dying. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "A freshwater mussel apocalypse is underway—and no one knows why.," 16 Dec. 2019 Investors questioned WeWork's sky-high valuation, staggering losses and management practices under company cofounder and former CEO Adam Neumann. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "China's version of WeWork stumbles on road to IPO as big banks drop out," 13 Dec. 2019 AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Leading up to the UK parliamentary elections this week, a staggering number of Facebook campaign ads were deemed misleading by watchdog organizations. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Each platform’s approach to political ads in one table," 13 Dec. 2019 Florida took action after a staggering number of its death-row inmates were exonerated; to date, 29 condemned men have been cleared of their convictions, more than in any other state. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 SoftBank reported a staggering $6.5 billion quarterly loss last week, resulting from Son’s sour investments in WeWork, Uber Technologies Inc. and other once-highflying startups. Washington Post, "Stock Investors Could Use a Refresher on the Basics," 14 Nov. 2019 The Colombians had scored their first three penalties, and at that point, England looked on course for a staggering seventh shootout loss. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Biggest Upset: England Wins on Penalties," 3 July 2018 Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen 2 finished Sunday with a domestic total of $287.6 million and a staggering $738.6 million globally, including a second weekend foreign gross of $163.8 million. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Skates to $124M Thanksgiving Record; 'Knives Out' Carves Up $42M," 1 Dec. 2019 Disney and the Seminole Tribe of Florida poured a staggering $45 million into getting the ballot initiative approved by voters. Aric Chokey,, "Voters beware: You have no idea who’s behind that petition they want you to sign," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of staggering

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staggering was in 1565

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7 Jan 2020

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“Staggering.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of staggering

: very large, shocking, or surprising

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