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

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 the speed with which this country seems to have left behind the pandemic’s losses, and its lessons, has been staggering. Yvonne Abraham,, 14 May 2022 The effect that the meatpacking plant outbreaks had on the early spread of COVID-19 is staggering. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 13 May 2022 Because our dogs are seniors and some come from neglectful backgrounds, our veterinary costs can be staggering. Kelli Bender,, 12 May 2022 The amount of oysters consumed in some places was staggering, the study found. Katie Hunt, CNN, 3 May 2022 This was evident, as the response to the 26th anniversary event was staggering. Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Still, the number of children who became infected in recent weeks due to the omicron variant is staggering. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2022 The array of voices and depth of historical context included are staggering. Khalil Alhajal, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2022 The flight to the European Union has been staggering: Poland (2,847,540), Romania (763,769), Hungary (476,213) and Slovakia (346,175). The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Staggering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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