struck dumb

Definition of struck dumb

:so shocked or surprised that one cannot speak
  • I was struck dumb by the news.

Word by Word Definitions

struck
  1. : past tense and past participle of strike

  1. : closed by or subjected to a labor strike

dumb play
  1. : lacking the human power of speech

  2. : lacking the ability to speak

  3. : temporarily unable to speak (as from shock or astonishment)

  1. : to make silent : deaden


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