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

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Now dubbed China’s Silicon Valley, its GDP per capita grew a staggering 24,569 percent from 1978 to 2014, hitting $353 billion in 2018. Crystal Reid, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Island Is Trying to Save the World. But Why?," 12 June 2019 Last year, soaring hyperinflation topped a staggering 1 million percent. Washington Post, "Venezuelans adopt recycling habits amid economic uncertainty," 11 June 2019 The number of people who own a second home, buy-to-let or overseas property has doubled since 2001, and the UK's second home wealth now totals a staggering £941 billion. Nick Levine,, "A Surprising Number Of Millennials Own More Than One Home – Yes, Really," 15 June 2019 Right now, households with two incomes are spending about 11 percent nationwide, and single parents are spending a staggering 37 percent of their income, on average. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 The process of amending the Constitution is extremely cumbersome, requiring both supermajorities in Congress and ratification by a staggering 75 percent of the states. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president," 12 Dec. 2018 But that staggering sum alone may be only the beginning of the pain. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Beijing’s Bank Bailout Better Be Bold," 5 Apr. 2019 Britain’s most pampered pooch has had a staggering sum of $52,000 spent on her over her short lifetime - and even owns three cars and a boat. Fox News, "Britain’s ‘most pampered’ dog ‘owns’ three cars, a boat and 65 outfits," 21 July 2018 The fact that baseball teams have so little competition in terms of local sports is the reason why local and regional TV affiliates have flooded MLB franchises with staggering sums of money. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "An ex TCU baseball player misses at the Kentucky Derby but wins anyway | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 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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