stag·​ger·​ing | \ ˈsta-g(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of staggering 

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

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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

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Length: 105 Miles | Region: Northeast Upstate New York thrives in the fall, boasting some of the prettiest foliage in the country and a staggering amount of apple orchards. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Youcan guess what happened next: A cavity that cost a staggering amount of money. Vogue, "How Much Should You Really Be Saving in Your 20s?," 7 Nov. 2018 One of the election’s biggest stories is the staggering amounts Democrats have collected in small contributions from individual donors. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "A Referendum on Trump," 31 Oct. 2018 It was initially reported back in May that one guest gift bag from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's special day had sold for the staggering amount of $28,500. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gift Bags from Princess Eugenie's Wedding Are Selling for Less Than Meghan & Harry's $28,500 Record," 13 Oct. 2018 The crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were clearly ingesting a staggering amount of lead—but apparently no more than their families back home. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Strands of hair shed light on doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition," 30 Sep. 2018 The next day, the government bailed out insurance giant AIG, which in the run-up to the collapse had issued staggering amounts of credit-default swaps (CDSs), a form of insurance on MBSs. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018 Adam's lecture must have resonated with people at home and in the audience, because DeAndre was saved from elimination by a staggering percentage of votes. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Adam Levine Gave a Heated Speech About 'The Voice' Results: 'I'm Really, Really Shocked'," 28 Nov. 2018 While two come from backgrounds of staggering wealth — J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Ned Lamont of Connecticut, whose great-grandfather was chair of JP Morgan & Co. — none come from families with histories of elective office. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Is dynastic politics on the way out?," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of staggering

1565, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of staggering

: very large, shocking, or surprising

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