stun

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verb

stunned; stunning

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

stun

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noun

: the effect of something that stuns : shock

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
On Wednesday, Williams also stunned in an elegant black dress with a white rose motif at the Balmain RTW Fall 2024 collection as part of Paris Ready to Wear Fashion Week. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Sweep jokingly looked her fellow actress up and down, stunned by their comparison to her past character. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 Loudon’s wife, stunned by the admission, was placed on administrative leave after informing BP of her husband’s behavior. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 23 Feb. 2024 But Toronto was then stunned by the Florida Panthers, losing in 5-games including four as a sizeable favorite. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 But the University of Arizona stunned the state late last year by revealing a $177 million shortfall in its more than $2 billion annual budget. Jack Healy, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 They were stunned when a DEA agent and local member of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team knocked on their front door, warning them about the murder plot. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 21 Feb. 2024 Colleyville Heritage stuns Brewer Colleyville Heritage girls basketball entered the game as the underdog, but certainly didn’t play like one. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 16 Feb. 2024 Considering the level of persecution being faced by the party – its top leadership was thrown in jail or forced to defect after the May 9 riots – this development left most of the commentariat stunned. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stun was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stun. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

stun

verb
ˈstən
stunned; stunning
1
: to make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
2
: to overcome with astonishment or disbelief
stunned by the news
stun noun

Medical Definition

stun

transitive verb
stunned; stunning
: to make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow

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