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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The technology explosion of wellness and sleep is really staggering. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 The sheer numbers behind the effort are staggering, with 367 people participating. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Hungarian Opera and Ballet Take Their Show on the Road," 22 Oct. 2018 Penn State University faced staggering financial consequences and has paid out about a quarter of a billion so far, including lawsuits to about 35 victims that have totaled more than $100 million. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Michigan State’s Larry Nassar fallout has begun," 27 Mar. 2018 But neither campaign achieved its purpose, and the staggering British casualties—420,000 killed and wounded on the Somme, 300,000 at Passchendaele—caused a political backlash in London. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 Interest payments on the debt spiked a staggering 41 percent in July. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Government shutdown threat greets Senate's return to DC," 15 Aug. 2018 The new offer is believed to be worth a staggering £120,000 a year., "Crystal Palace Star Wilfried Zaha Offered Massive New Contract to Ward Off Interest From Spurs," 20 June 2018 Only 600 of the decanters will be made, and each one will be priced at a staggering $60,000. Emily Price, Fortune, "Macallan's New $186 Million Distillery Will Have 952 Bottles of Whisky to Taste," 23 May 2018 According to Express UK, the stunning white and diamond earrings were by Van Cleef & Arpels and cost a staggering $47,000. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles Is the Definition of Elegance in This Gown," 11 May 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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