\ 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

But after a loud and rowdy evening, the crow was stunned into near silence by the end. Ann Killion,, "The end of Oracle? Raptors stun Warriors in perhaps final game in Oakland," 7 June 2019 The French government, for its part, was stunned by Elkann’s move, and needed a few hours to regain its footing., "Here’s how the $37-billion Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger went into the ditch," 6 June 2019 You will be stunned by the generosity of some, the horrible language of some and outright nasty behavior of others. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "For some disabled, long DMV lines are a hardship: Roadshow," 5 June 2019 At sentencing, the courtroom was stunned when Houston took the witness stand. CBS News, "NCIS probe of U.S. Marine's attempted murder in Kuwait reveals a conspiracy of secrets and lies," 5 June 2019 When the episode finally aired on Monday, viewers were stunned by Holzhauer's dramatic loss. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Chicago librarian dethrones record-shattering ‘Jeopardy!’ champ," 4 June 2019 For starters, everyone was stunned when Katy first walked the carpet dressed as a literal chandelier, made by Moschino designer Jeremy Scott. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Katy Perry Dressed Up As A Hamburger For The Met Gala 2019 After Party," 7 May 2019 One person was absolutely stunned by the singer's strength. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Just Underwent a Scary Emergency Surgery," 4 May 2019 Even the president, for once, was stunned into silence. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Jared Kushner Is a Hidden Genius," 14 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Getty Images Ciara, my sis in my head, stuns on the regular. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Live for Ciara's Larger Than Life Afro at the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 But don’t expect Captain Kirk ordering phasers set on stun, Battlestar Galactica or ray guns blazing in orbit in the near future, space experts said. Washington Post, "Star Wars? President Trump proposes military space force," 13 Mar. 2018 Meghan stuns in a double-breasted button up dress, while Harry opted for a gray suit. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See the First Photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Royal Baby!," 8 May 2019 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

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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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