stag·​ger·​ing ˈsta-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce staggering (audio)
: so great as to cause one to stagger : astonishing, overwhelming
a staggering feat
staggering medical bills
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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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staggering was in 1565

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“Staggering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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

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