\ 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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Synonyms for stun

Synonyms: Verb

daze, rock

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Examples of stun in a Sentence


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chilliwack is home to about 84,000 people and is surrounded by stunning mountains and picturesque rivers. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's New Christmas Movie Starring LeAnn Rimes Was Filmed in This Canadian Town," 10 Nov. 2018 Lopez captioned the picture of her giant square-cut engagement ring (set against the beautiful backdrop of a romantic sunset) with nothing but a series of red heart emojis, which was fine since the stunning rock speaks for itself. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Rings Through the Years, Compared," 10 Mar. 2019 What happened next left the football world aghast, stunning everyone who knows the most basic rules of football. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Blown Call that Will Live On in New Orleans Infamy," 21 Jan. 2019 These three Bucks County homes feature outdoor spaces stunning enough to entice you away from the central air conditioning. Shannon Rooney,, "Three Bucks County homes with amazing outdoor spaces," 3 July 2018 At the Golden Globes last month, Gaga stunned in an elegant blue Valentino Couture gown with a glittering diamond necklace. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Lady Gaga Wears a Black Gown and the Legendary 128 Carat Tiffany Diamond to the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Initially hoping to draw the interest of younger attendees, all sides were apparently stunned at the overwhelming response. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 And when Prince Harry finally lifted Meghan’s veil, every beauty editor sat stunned at the reveal—because Meghan Markle looked, very awesomely, exactly like her gorgeous self, with the same freckles, dewy skin, and nude lip as usual. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Thanked Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup Artist for Making Her Look Like Herself," 8 Aug. 2018 Hoyte dropped his jaw jokingly, stunned at Cicerone's audacity to mock him. Charlie Hatch,, "Russell Cicerone's surge into the FC Cincinnati starting lineup isn't going unnoticed," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a teenage girl named Dnigma Howard is accusing the police, officers, and schools of violating her civil rights after she was allegedly beaten, dragged down a set of stairs, stun-gunned, and stepped on by two cops. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Police Are Facing a Lawsuit After Video Showed Officers Beating 16-Year-Old Dnigma Howard," 12 Apr. 2019 Again, Adut stuns while twirling effortlessly in this Dior dress. Emily Farra, Vogue, "What Makes a Great Backstage Photo? Vogue’s Corey Tenold Shares His 10 Favorite Moments of the Season," 14 Mar. 2019 Even without its comic tie-ins, Spider-Verse stuns as a purely CGI adventure film. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," 14 Dec. 2018 Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union stuns as high-powered TV anchor Mary Jane Paul. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 At one point, an NYPD officer stands up and points a stun-gun at onlookers, the video shows. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Judge Orders Release of Mother Whose Infant Son Was Grabbed by Officers," 11 Dec. 2018 Chopra stuns in a number of looks including Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Vogue Cover Photographed by Annie Leibovitz," 1 Dec. 2018 In this month’s cover slideshow, the Houston native stuns in Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Gucci. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "See Beyoncé’s September Issue, Photographed by Tyler Mitchell," 6 Aug. 2018 The Indiana State Department of Health also said permethrin, an insecticide that stuns or kills insects that come into contact with it, can be applied to clothing, mosquito nets or tent surfaces, but should not be applied to skin. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Diseases from mosquito and tick bites are on rise in U.S. Here's what you can do about it.," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stun

: to surprise or upset (someone) very much
: to cause (someone) to suddenly become very confused, very dizzy, or unconscious


\ 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.
\ 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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