star·​struck | \ ˈstär-ˌstrək How to pronounce starstruck (audio) \

Definition of starstruck

: particularly taken with celebrities (such as movie stars)

Examples of starstruck in a Sentence

She stared at him in starstruck awe. I know she's famous, but try not to act starstruck when you meet her.
Recent Examples on the Web In The Atlantic, Annie Lowrey describes a surreal scene in which an unprovoked attack on a photographer quickly deescalates when the attacker recognizes Yang and becomes starstruck. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Andrew Yang, Celebrity Politician," 16 Apr. 2021 As a redshirt freshman at Tennessee, after making the final cut for the 2006 FIBA World Cup, a young Candace Parker became starstruck. Brendon Kleen, Forbes, "Candace Parker Isn’t Done Yet," 19 Mar. 2021 Even first round clubhouse leader Lydia Ko admitted to being somewhat starstruck just seeing Sorenstam do her stuff. Ben Morse, CNN, "Annika Sorenstam's return to golf brings 'Tiger feeling' after 13-year absence," 26 Feb. 2021 The Golden Globes rightfully takes a lot of guff for being so starstruck and so susceptible to fancy campaign tactics. Joe Reid, Vulture, "The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, Ranked," 22 Feb. 2021 Gruber has a sort of starstruck religious awe as the steel fortress swings open. James Hibberd,, "10 times Alan Rickman was incredible in Die Hard," 24 Dec. 2020 He was billed as a celebrity coach and interacted with starstruck young athletes. USA Today, "Help USA TODAY investigate misconduct in cheerleading," 23 Dec. 2020 There were the motorcycle cops, looking important, and a fancy van to shepherd the press, and a gathering crowd that seemed half starstruck, half confused. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Can the Democrats Win Back Pennsylvania?," 23 Sep. 2020 Newcomer Yosan An, who portrays Mulan's comrade Chen Honghui, was admittedly a bit starstruck by his castmates. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Niki Caro and the cast of Mulan break down making Disney's first full-blown martial arts movie," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of starstruck

1938, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Starstruck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of starstruck

: feeling or showing great interest in and admiration for famous people

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