\ ˈstən How to pronounce stun (audio) \
stunned; stunning

Definition of stun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow : daze
2 : to shock with noise
3 : to overcome especially with paralyzing astonishment or disbelief



Definition of stun (Entry 2 of 2)

: the effect of something that stuns : shock

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Examples of stun in a Sentence

Verb The angry criticism stunned them. His old friends were stunned at his success. She sat in stunned disbelief. There was a stunned expression on her face. weapons that can stun people temporarily
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Four Mondays later, Jackson led the Ravens back from a 19-point second-half deficit in Baltimore to stun the Indianapolis Colts in overtime. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 The senior guard/forward calmly drained both free throws of a one-and-one situation with 17 seconds left and the Saints hung on to stun the Vikings 43-42. Paul Johnson,, 23 Feb. 2022 Though the Wolverines' running back wasn’t the only one to stun the college football world Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. Shawn Windsor, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 Aleksandar Trajkovski scored a dramatic 92nd-minute winner to stun the European champions in their playoff qualifier semifinal and ensure Italy will not be playing the World Cup for the second straight time, having also missed out in 2018. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 Kevin Johnson only played in half those last eight games, missing the final two after injuring his knee celebrating Barkley’s miracle shot to stun the Blazers in Portland, but Phoenix went into the playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 In addition to a set of photos with the family in everyday garb, the website also includes some more formal portraits in which the ladies of the royal house got to stun in some of their finest tiaras. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 That’s a startling-enough statement to stun a crowd into forgetting about the cultural debate swirling outside the theater. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The rare but dangerous form of heart disease is triggered by intense emotional or physical stress when a sudden flood of hormones is believed to stun the heart into pumping less efficiently. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 7 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At least four people have been injured Wednesday in the Ukrainian city of Kherson after Russian troops there used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a pro-Ukraine protest, authorities say. Greg Norman, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 Palestinian social media have been filled with videos showing Israeli police hitting people with clubs and firing tear gas and stun grenades. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 Palestinians threw rocks and fireworks, and police fired tear gas and stun grenades on the sprawling esplanade surrounding the mosque. Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Videos circulating online showed Palestinians hurling rocks and fireworks and police firing tear gas and stun grenades on the sprawling esplanade surrounding the mosque. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 Despite these moves, protesters continued to come out in their thousands to display their opposition to the government, facing tear gas and stun grenades from the police. Eloise Barry, Time, 6 Jan. 2022 In Almaty, videos showed dozens of riot police using tear gas and stun grenades to clear demonstrators who reportedly tried to seize the mayor’s office. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 4 Jan. 2022 The police, wielding tear gas and stun grenades, raided the mosque. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at the crowd. Tim O'donnell, The Week, 29 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stun


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stun


Middle English stonen, stunen, from Anglo-French estoner — more at astonish

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\ ˈstən How to pronounce stun (audio) \
stunned; stunning

Kids Definition of stun

1 : to make dizzy or senseless by or as if by a blow The bird laid stunned after crashing into the window.
2 : to affect with shock or confusion : fill with disbelief He was stunned by the news.


transitive verb
\ ˈstən How to pronounce stun (audio) \
stunned; stunning

Medical Definition of stun

: to make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow

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