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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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 That’s a major contributor to why both companies have lost staggering sums of money so far. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "3 Million Uber Drivers Are About to Get a New Boss," 10 Apr. 2018 The Spartans out-rebounded the Orange on the offensive glass, by a staggering 29-7 margin, but, despite all those second-chance opportunities, Michigan State managed a meager 17 field goals all game. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament: No. 1 Xavier Falls in Night of Upsets," 18 Mar. 2018 The Lions, ranked No. 2 nationally among winter programs by, are back in the state final four for the fourth straight year after outscoring opposing teams by a staggering 111-0 margin. J.c. Carnahan,, "Oviedo girls soccer streaks into Class 5A state final four," 16 Feb. 2018 Our backlog numbered somewhere around 20,000 kits, a staggering sum. Wendy Davis, Cosmopolitan, "Wendy Davis: The Disturbing Reason Why Our Justice System is Failing Sexual Assault Survivors," 30 Aug. 2016 But according to a new simulation of star behavior, a staggering number of planets aren’t orbiting any star at all. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Our Galaxy Could Have 50 Billion Rogue Planets," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of staggering

: very large, shocking, or surprising

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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